Generosity is one of the most powerful beauty secrets.
A generous mind, a generous heart and a generous nature set us up for life. Life can exist without generosity but it is a far different one from the world I am thinking of. To be generous requires thought, dedication, observation and caring.
Generosity begins with us; it must start there.
Most of us are not particularly generous when it comes to us. How often do we criticize ourselves, feeling despondent with our achievements or get lost down the rabbit hole of, “not good enough”. I know I am guilty of this. I am not suggesting we don’t deserve some criticism from time to time but I believe we confuse criticism for what is natural.
Generosity towards ourselves allows us to be more generous to others and have a greater understanding. What goes around comes around, or so the saying goes and this is never truer than in the case of generosity.
Generosity, forgiveness and understanding go hand in hand – they thrive with each other. Generosity works. It’s a very simple equation where more equals more time and again. Don’t we gravitate towards people who have a “generous spirit” and want to be around those who give of themselves?
Generosity does not mean we have to be over the top and indulge others or ourselves with material goods. Think about the one perfect flower in the bedside table where the gesture of scent and nature is what counts. Being generous with our time is another example – lacking the rush, the impatience and the boredom with others is an act of the greatest generosity.
As is to be made feel welcome.
Welcoming is a grand act of generosity and this is something on my mind as I make the final preparations at La Maison du Village. Our little boutique hotel is just open and I am here to add the finishing details. Although, it is a work in progress and one I think will never be done. I’m working on the small bits – what’s in the bedrooms and bathrooms – but I have come to realize they are also the “big things”. I want our guests to feel not only is it their home away from home but that they are spoilt in the right way. We are working here this week, sleeping in all the rooms and trying everything out. I look around and see my selections are impractical – old linens, lots of light colours and porcelain that is fragile but I don’t care – it does feel generous. For me to feel happy; La Maison du Village must feel generous. Perhaps it is not the perfect business decision but I do believe in the long term it will be.
Provence is about the senses; the scents, the sounds, the tastes and feels and so should a stay at La Maison du Village and Le Petit Bijou.
Our retreats coming up in later in the year will be operating on the same principle. ( More details will follow soon for those who have expressed interest.) How can we move forward and work towards a goal of “better, not younger” if a generous mind is not at the forefront?
Generosity, when shown, puts us in the brightest of moods and it opens our hearts. Witnessing generosity has the same outcome. When we feel something is less than generous or there is a hidden cost associated with the so-called “generosity” our hackles rise up and we withdraw – we don’t give of ourselves in the same way. It’s not about feeling entitled or being greedy it is about being made to feel wanted. Generosity illuminates value.
Beauty is not a one-stop shop – but generosity goes a long way to enhancing our appearance. xv