Friday, April 8, 2016

G is for Generous - #AtoZ Challenge

The word of the day is GENEROUS...

To be generous of one’s time and to pass along willingly one’s expertise to the next person coming up in the ranks is an imperative way of paying it forward. It’s important to remember we were all there at one time of being the newbie and feeling like a fish out of water. What a comfort it is for someone to receive your generosity with the simplest of statements, “you are doing just fine, keep up the great work.”

Not too long ago, my daughters and I played tourist in NYC and visited the Brooklyn Bridge and Little Italy. After enjoying a scrumptious lunch we headed across the street for dessert. The bakery was bustling with business and it was apparent one of the waiters was new and being trained. Luckily for him, his training came before the San Genaro Festival. The look of being overwhelmed was quite apparent and when we were leaving, I went to him and simply said, “You are doing great, don’t give up.” He responded, with an astonished thank you and we went about our day. Upon exiting the bakery, my daughter said, “Mom, that was so nice of you, you didn’t have to do that.”  My reply, “always remember you will be the newbie at one time or another and the generous ‘at a boy’ can make or break your day.” Mom you should have seen him, when you turned to leave, he actually looked like he was standing taller.” Needless to say, without looking for anything in return, that statement from my daughter still makes my heart soar.

What do you do to be generous to those in your life or those that you meet briefly? Looking forward to hearing all about how generosity in your life is a ripple effect. Thanks for visiting!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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  1. A little bit of acknowledgement and encouragement can be so helpful! :) Good going, best wishes for the rest of the challenge!

    Deepa’s Kaleidoscope

    1. Thanks for visiting and for your encouragement!

  2. That's a lovely story and good role modeling for your children.

    Cheers - Ellen |

    1. Glad you enjoyed my post. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Beautiful, Donna! You are the best at being a role model and being generous of yourself!

    1. Karin, you make me blush! Thanks for your heartwarming words!

  4. Oh that's lovely. Sometimes we forget what a few encouraging words can do.
    Rosa Temple writes...

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Best wishes for your continued success with the challenge!

  5. You're so right. It only takes a minute and a kind word to make a change for the better in someone's life.

  6. That was a nice thing to say, and I think you set the right example for your child about being patient with others.

  7. Generous is a good trait when you give it with hospitality, but then you should know when to stop too. No need to go overboard. I'm sure you've heard your mother say there's a right way and there's the wrong way... lol... You're so right there it only takes a minute... and just a smile or a nod of the head could make someone's day.

  8. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    How has the first week of the challenge been for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
    My blog has a giveaway with bonus a to z challenges to encourage people to visit more stops.
    I always let me server know when they've done well.

  9. That's a great story! I'm glad I found it. Have a good A-to-Z challenge.

  10. a kind word goes a long long way! Good to meet you through the challenge!

  11. That was a wonderful gesture on your part. Could just have been the thing the boy needed.

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