Are you a Generous Mind?

Are you a Generous Mind? If you are intrigued by the idea, this is a place to explore what it means to you. Our blog focuses on helping you to learn what it means to be generous with what you know. You will find helpful tips and encouraging examples that will inspire you to release your ideas to the world! Find out more at

Sunday, February 08, 2009

30 Ways to Be a Generous Mind in 30 Days

Are you proactively working to be generous with what you know? You might think that it is hard to do . . . it sure sounds daunting. So we went on a journey to find 30 simple ways to be a generous mind in 30 days. The results are below:

Day 1: Identify something you learned yesterday. Pick who you will share it with today. Do the same tomorrow - if it helps write it down.

Day 2: Ask a child their perspective on something you normally wouldn't. Then process their idea and share it with others in your network.

Day 3: Get a book off your shelf, pick out one thing you learned from it, and then send the book to a friend with a note about that idea.

Day 4: Learn something new about a tool you use every day (computer, blender, drill, etc) then find someone else using one and share.

Day 5: When someone shares an idea with you, look for an uplifting addition to their idea. Help make their idea better with your words.

Day 6: Open up a dictionary, pick a word and then come up with a new idea using that word. Call your best friend and share it.

Day 7: Go to your favorite news/info site and find an article that you know a friend would want to read. Take the time to email it to them.

Day 8: On your next errand, take a minute to talk with the service person that helps you. Share something simple that will lift them up.

Day 9: Take a Bible verse you heard this weekend at church and print it out. Then give it to someone tomorrow as an encouragement.

Day 10: Watch a significant event (i.e. the presidential inauguration) and pick out something that needs talked about. Send the quote to some friends and ask for their thoughts.

Day 11: Take a camera with you, snap a photo of what inspires you, and then share it with an explanation that opens your experience to others.

Day 12: Music is a blessing that needs to be shared, so gift an Itunes song, share some lyrics, sing at an event or write your own song.

Day 13: When you hear someone share something valuable tomorrow, turn around and share it with someone else - but make sure to give credit.

Day 14: Have some friends over for dinner and announce the topic to discuss ahead of time. Ask each of them to bring some ideas to share.

Day 15: Think about a memory that has greatly impacted your life. Share that memory and the lesson you learned with someone else.

Day 16: Prayer is a powerful way to share ideas. Connect with a friend and pray aloud for them. Prayer allows you to share powerfully.

Day 17: Pick up your cell phone, go to the first person in your address book and call them. Share what you are going through and learning.

Day 18: Keep your eyes open for ambiguity. Be ready to embrace an ambiguous idea, reflect on it and discuss it with someone else.

Day 19: Define a big challenge in your life. Put it into words and then challenge your coworkers, friends, and family to help you solve it.

Day 20: Identify a generous mind in your life that invested in you. Write them an email or letter sharing something they taught you.

Day 21: Join a book club, bible study or other group that gives you a chance to engage others with your ideas.

Day 22: Go to Google Image search and find your favorite artwork. Then send the link or do a blog posting about how the art inspires you.

Day 23: Read something from another culture and apply it to your experience. Look at your life in a different way and share the experience.

Day 24: Share an experience with someone. Next time you have tickets to an event; make sure to take someone who will benefit from it.

Day 25: Ask a question to 10 friends, collect all their answers and send them to all of them without names. A group to gives perspective.

Day 26: Research a cause (i.e. World AIDS Day) and then share some new insights about the effort with your network. They probably don't know.

Day 27: Introduce two of your friends to each other over coffee. Connect their interests and skills so they can learn from each other.

Day 28: Share the sites, sounds and smells of a trip you have taken. Introduce another person to that place in a way that opens their eyes.

Day 29: Share your definition of generosity with someone and then ask them how they would define the word from their experience.

Day 30: Pray that God will use the simple ideas we have talked about to open up opportunities for you to be generous - always rely on Him.


Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Phyliss said...

Hmmm---guess I should share THIS article!

Jon and Mindy Hirst said...

Please do! Thanks for being generous minds :)

Nicole O'Dell said...

This is a great concept! I purpose to try to be generous with my ideas, thoughts, tips, etc. I appreciate the 30-day tips.

(Ps...I didn't realize this was you guys! How cool!!!)

Jon and Mindy Hirst said...

thanks Nicole, blessings as you share your ideas!