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Attention and generosity…

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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Simone Weil

On first reading I totally agreed with this quote then I thought about it some and now I agree but with reservations.  Maybe I am being cynical in my thinking but not all attention is pure or generous.  Often it is mean-spirited and ugly causing embarrassment, unhappiness, and pain.  We just have to look at the news programs and reality shows to see that not all attention is good.

Young children and teens who receive love and guidance and encouragement know the generosity of attention.  However, too many children have inappropriate and abusive attention given them. The elderly who are visited and given love and respect know the generosity of attention.  But those who are cheated by unscrupulous people and spoken to as if they are children know the dark side of attention. Those who are ill or disabled who are cared for and included in not only the special occasions of life but in ordinary everyday life have the generous attention of others.  Yet many are laughed at and teased by others whose attentions are not pure and generous.

Perhaps if I had the context of the quote I would completely agree but as it stands I do not.  I would like it better if the quote was, “Loving attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”  But then maybe the attention I have given this quote is not generosity in its rarest and purest form.

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Attention is generosity…

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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Simone Weil

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Black Cat Book Review

I Like Giving by Brad Formsma

This is an easy little book to read.  It doesn’t really say anything that we shouldn’t already know.  But then we often know something we should do but don’t do it until someone reminds us to.  So, it is worth the time to read and think about.

Mr. Formsma  reminds us that living generously does not necessarily mean you must have lots of money to give away.  He, also, makes the point that giving is something we get to do not something we have to do.  We get to give not just to the materially poor but ilikejust as importantly to the emotionally and spiritually poor and to the ordinary people we see everyday that just need a smile.  For many folks this may be a whole new way of thinking about giving.

There are stories of wealthy people and what they have given and stories of pay check to pay check people and what they have given. Some of the stories are quite eye-opening; I Like Being Robbed is one of those.  Some are touching; I Like Scars and I Like Sharing The Dance are two of those.  And there are surprising stories like these, I Like Haircuts and I Like Learning.  All these stories are about real people and what they gave and what they received.

We are often blind to the needs around us.  Perhaps after you read this you will look around with newly opened eyes and see where and how you can give. There are practical ideas and encouragement on how to live generously.   It’s a choice you make.  A choice that could change you and the world around you.75px-The-black-cat1_thumb.jpg

This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books
at no cost to me in exchange for this review.