Contributing before consuming

Give before receiving. Do before ruminating. Initiate before waiting. Engage before being engaged.

There are moments when we start the conversation, make the plan, reach out and connect. Then there are the moments we wait for others to do all the work for us.

It’s easy to eat the meal prepared by someone else, but researching a recipe, buying the ingredients, cooking the meal: this costs us (money, time, energy, and the other things we could have been doing).

If we can develop a “contribution practice” it can spiral into a life of generosity. Each day is a chance to start by contributing before consuming. Family, friends, community, colleagues… these are perfect places to start. It takes practice which means some days we will nail it and others we will fall back into the world of “all about me” – we just need to commit to practicing.

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