I recently had the opportunity to visit a Ritz Carlton resort. It was only a single night, but it was an amazing experience. What caught my attention during this visit was the joy exhibited by the staff as they served my wife and I. It wasn’t pretentious and it didn’t follow a prescribed formula or phrase. They simply enjoyed serving and it showed.
As I experienced this behavior, it created an incredible desire to bless them in return. I wanted to tip them – and to tip them significantly. It was the only way I could think of to make my “thank you” felt in a tangible way. I wanted to reward them for their generosity. I did not want to take their generosity for granted.
Do you fear that your generosity towards others (whether financial or emotional) will be taken for granted and not returned?
Generosity always leads to reciprocity. But it seems to me that many people hold back from giving themselves away…waiting for someone else to be generous before they are willing to take that risk.
- Do I deliver above and beyond expectations at work first…or do I wait until they pay me what I think I am worth?
- Do I give generously to my family when I walk in the door…or do I wait to see how they treat me first?
- Do I serve at church (or community) all my life and build up goodwill…or do I wait until I feel as though I have been well served?
Do not wait. Be generous first.
Thanks for listening!