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 www.generousmind.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

You are Known by What You Share

Today on Twitter Cathy Day shared "You are what you read." I have heard multiple versions of this quote over the years. Another popular version is "You are what you measure." The main idea behind these quotes is that our actions reveal something very significant about who we are as individuals.

As I thought about Cathy's tweet, I decided to write back with this addition, "You are known by what you share." While what you read ends up making you who you are, what you share is what defines how people know you. It will paint you as a radical, a friend, an intellectual, a humorist, a profane person or a person of great principle.

As I considered this idea, I thought about the fact that we can shape how we are known by what we choose to share. Are we sharing on particular issues? Maybe we have a cause that drives our Generous Mind. Or perhaps we are sharing about family and friends and that is what defines our generosity.

Whatever we share, we need to be aware of the huge impact it will have on our reputation. Now, that should not be the reason you share things, but it is one of the results of being a Generous Mind. The more you share, the more people have insight into what you are reading, thinking and doing -- thus the more insight they have into who you are!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Generous Imagination

There is a lot of buzz around the new Noah movie coming out soon. Many are excited to see it and others are very apprehensive about how it presents the Biblical story. I have not read very many perspectives yet and I have not seen more than a quick trailer. But I want to focus on one key idea that we have to consider as we respond to Generous Minds.

When someone is being generous with their ideas, they are usually taking something from the world and presenting their own ideas or thoughts about it. They are riffing off of something and adding perspective that only they could bring. How we respond to their generous gift will significantly impact their willingness and ability to share in the future. With that in mind, let's consider Noah.

The story of Noah has many details and very few all at the same time. We see great detail about the things God wanted us to know such as Noah's character, the size of the task, the reason for the flood and the care for God's Creation. But for some reason, God chose not to tell us much about the rest of the people Noah was living amoung. Beyond our knowledge that they were very evil and that they mocked Noah, we have little info.

So as the creators of the new movie sat down to develop a script and bring it to life, they had a big challenge. The medium of video is all about dialogue and interaction between characters - heros and villians. In the story of Noah, those elements are fairly thin. So the writers began to imagine what it might look like and have brought to the viewer one interpretation.

If they truly had good motives and were trying to share an honest perspective of what Noah might have lived through, then their script should be considered a generous gift and part of an ongoing dialogue about this important story.

I'm not saying that this perspective on the story should be taken as Biblical. Instead that it should be taken, with generous hearts, as the efforts by a certain group of creatives to share what they think might have happened.

Generous Minds need the freedom to share what God gives them to share and to know that they will not be judged for the sharing. Now, we can have great discussions about their perspective and approach. We may find it helpful and others may find it far from the mark. But the ability to allow someone to share what they think might have happened and speak into the global conversation is crucial.

Will you allow the creators of this film that opportunity?