Friday, December 24, 2010

Be Selfish, Be Generous!

by Peter Comrie

Hello there my friends, here we are on Christmas Eve in the lovely Okanagan Valley, and all is well.

Joyce, Doug, Claire and I have been meeting these past few days finishing off some touches to the Full Spectrum Leadership plan, and boy, what a plan it is. To say we're excited would be an understatement, we are simply buzzed.

As I wrap up the week and get ready for Christmas, I'm caused again to consider the potential impact that our students and Alumni have on our world. We have seen already this year the awesome effect that happens when some really grand folks decide to work together for a common good. I'm humbled by their spirit and commitment.

They are at the same time, selfish, and generous. The Dalai Lama once said that the most generous act there is, compassion, is actually a selfish act: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

What does generosity mean to you? Why do you give? What can you give? Here are some thoughts from a group of volunteers for CharityFocus, an organization that focuses on the practice of selfless generosity and small acts of kindness. As a Full Spectrum Leader of your own life, how would you answer these questions for yourself?

Have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.

I appreciate you.


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