Today is Generosity Day.
I know, I know, it’s Valentine’s Day. I’m actually a big fan of Valentine’s Day – not the schmaltzy cards and fancy dinners – just the heart of it. I think of it as a little spot of pink in the middle of a very gray month.
But it is also Generosity Day… a movement designed to inspire us to think about how we operate in the world…how we share our hearts. How we create that little spot of pink in the middle of a world that can sometimes be very gray.
You’re officially invited to join us for Generosity Day 2013.
In 2011, Sasha Dichter, the creator of Generosity Day said, “This Monday, Valentine’s Day, is going to be rebooted as Generosity Day: one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.” Let’s make the day about love, action and human connection–because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly.”
I have a confession. I used to not be the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. I used to think it was just another stupid holiday invented to make me feel guilty for not wanting to be a part of it and even more guilty for not having the time to participate. I used to feel that way, until a dear friend told me that it was an opportunity in the gray, bleak winter to tell those closest to you that you love them. A little sprinkle of sunshine. From that moment, Valentine’s Day didn’t seem so silly.
Imagine for a moment, it’s raining. Your kiddo forgot their lunchbox. You’re running late to a meeting. There isn’t a parking spot near your building and you don’t have an umbrella. You open your car door to start the wet trek and a total stranger offers you a hand and their extra umbrella. Your morning was instantly made better by the kindness of a complete stranger. Sometimes, it’s the littlest gestures that make the biggest difference.