Now, for me this title is a paradox, as I'm not a morning person and usually have no thoughts before 10am.
However, we were up early today and my brain activated at around 7am. Stop the presses and mark the calendar!!
Here's my thought. How do you react to acts of generosity?
As I see it there are 3 possible reactions.
1) a sense of 'I deserved that' which leads to entitlement and greed.
2) hurt pride that someone 'took pity' on you to help which leads to anger, resentment, bitterness
3) a graciousness that says thank you for seeing my need and extending a hand. Then remembering that kindness the next time you're in a place to give.
I've seen examples in my life of how different a situation can be simply on if the person responded with hurt pride or with grace. It can make or break relationships. When a habit of responding one way or the other is formed, this becomes a defining part of the person's life. Ever wondered what the difference was between the kind, loving, happy old lady and the critical, bitter, resentful old lady? They both faced a lifetime of hardships, ups and downs. What caused them to become such different people? I believe it all boils down to this basic difference.
Now, you may not think you can change that first gut reaction, but I beg to differ. It takes work and consistency but it can be done.
Every time you're faced with receiving generosity make a point of repaying kindness with kindness. Not necessarily to the same person, not even on the same $$ scale, but when and where you're able to help another remember the one who helped you.
And always remember that the only thing a generous person expects back is a heart felt thank you.