Definitions: (1) liberal in sharing; unselfish; a warmhearted readiness to give; bountiful; (2) free from meanness or pettiness; open-handed; (3) magnanimous; nobleminded; gracious
Balancing Quality: practical
Too Far: poverty
If you get great pleasure and joy out of giving of yourself, then your “selfishness” manifests itself as generosity. — Judy Kain (1948 – ) American Empathic Woman
Parable: The Bible story of the employer who paid those who worked all day the same as those who worked just at the end of the day shows generosity to be a greater quality than consistency.
Comment: Generosity does not mean only the giving of money. It also includes the sharing of ideas, establishing positive systems and infrastructure, caring for emotional needs, even helping control those who cannot control themselves.
An attitude of generosity may or may not include an overt or hidden sense of payback. But the best generosity gives without expectations.
Symbol: a mountain (Chinese)