This evening was our village lights switch on. We have had a bit of a gathering each year since we got the lights and it is always a lovely get together.
Today the weather forecast worried us all. We could feel the wind getting up and the rain started just as it was time to set up. We had a handful of stall holders coming to sell cards, crafts and gifts and we really didn’t want to let them down.
My mum and dad live right in front of the area where the event is usually held. They always let their electricity be the supply and they happily warm the mulled wine on request. Tonight the request went a bit further…we used their house for the event.
They were so happy to open their home to the village so that the event could go ahead despite the weather which was amazing of them. When they saw how the weather had turned they didn’t hesitate to agree to empty their room of furniture and bring the tables in for the stalls.
Their generosity made a huge difference. The stall holders all found the evening a success and they made some good sales. People stayed and enjoyed the event and everyone had a lovely time.
It got me thinking about generosity. It isn’t always about planning and doing individual gestures, it really is an attitude. It was only an hour before the light switch on that we decided that we wanted to move the stalls inside so there was no planning. It really was an on the spot request. They were so genuine in their want to help and their good will was so easily given. They saw the need and they happily agreed.
Being kind and generous really does make us feel good. Making other people happy and helping them to enjoy themselves is an amazing way to find our own happiness. Focussing on the greater good and the needs of others keeps us mindful. We focus on what needs to be done in the here and now rather than being pre occupied with our own worries.
Being generous is a great way to be mindful because it leaves us satisfied with the decisions that we have made. This cuts out a huge amount of mental chatter and leaves us with a more peaceful mind.
On a Revitalise Day you will experience many ways to help your mind to find greater peace using mindfulness and meditation. We can’t force our thoughts to stop but by learning to understand the way our mind works we can slow our thoughts and find more headspace.