How being generous can help lead you to your muse
“REALLY GREAT PEOPLE MAKE YOU FEEL THAT YOU, TOO, CAN BECOME GREAT.”
Generosity is inspirational for all parties involved. Giving unto others lightens the heart and allows you to feel better and recharges your creative batteries. Being generous with others without expecting something in return, changes your state of mind making you more likely to find your muse and give others the best of you.
Do unto others
Ever just do something nice for someone? It could be something mundane like bringing donuts and coffee for the office on Monday, or perhaps something noble like volunteering at a soup kitchen. To give without expecting anything in return (not even a “thank you”) feels good, giving your brain a dose of dopamine that puts a smile on your face throughout the day. These feel good feeling can be very refreshing and help give you an inspirational spark that will enable a fresh burst of creativity.
Perhaps you yourself have been fortunate enough to know the generosity of a complete stranger. I know I have. Some time ago, while I was driving cross country with a couple of friends, my car got a flat tire. We were out in the middle of nowhere and without a spare. We were all resolved to walk the ten miles to the nearest gas station when a battered old truck came over the horizon. In it, were two tough looking Native American fellows (we were near a Reservation) who looked like they would rather throw gravel at us then help us out. One of my friends even said something along the lines of “oh oh” when the truck stopped and the guys got out. These two tough dudes not only gave us a ride to the service station, but even came back with us and helped put the new tire on. They could not have been nicer or more willing to help out a bunch of strangers. Their generosity so inspired me that I still talk and write about it 15 years later.
Doing nice things for others can lead to inspiration for everyone involved. Giving of yourself does not just need to happen during that certain time of the year when the jolly old fat one may be watching you, it can be done at anytime. It can also be done to others beside your close friends and family. Being generous and giving to others will fill you with exuberance and help drive you to find your muse.
When you give unto others, without expecting them to give onto you, you will wind up feeling good because of your act of unselfish kindness. This will, in turn, bring on a new mindset, making you feel better about who you are and open up new paths of creativity. This act of kindness will not only change you, but also help shift the mindset of the person or people you were being kind to. This act of generosity might cause them to react differently to you, setting off a chain reaction of inspirational goodwill. When you are being generous, you are not thinking about yourself, but are thinking about others… and guess what… your writing, your art, your business and whatever you do is going to be seen and it is going to be valued by others. Being generous will automatically put you in a state of mind, where you will be more prone to give the best of you to others, inspiring you and helping your work to become more valuable.
Ask yourself the following question: What can you do with your work today that will improve the lives of the people who see or experience it? Think about them, not about you and great ideas will occur.