good life by karen nicholson
Part of cultivating a good life is having a generous heart and soul and sharing that with others without hesitation.
Hanging in my jewelry cabinet is a beautiful bracelet; actually it is my favorite bracelet. I named it Amy. Do I name all of my accessories? No – that would be borderline weird. But this particular bracelet has a name because it reminds me of the gorgeous, amazing woman who whipped it off her own wrist one day saying, “You admired it, so it must now belong to you.” Stunned is not even the word that describes my reaction, but it comes close. Gorgeous, amazing Amy was not a woman that you argued with, so I took the bracelet and put it on – immediately. Really, who walks away from a gift like that? Not me!
From this short exchange, I received more than a spectacular arm decoration. I got a life lesson in generosity. What my heart remembers most from that encounter was how she reacted — how quickly and effortlessly she gave me her bracelet. No hesitation whatsoever. From that moment, I vowed to develop a generous heart just like hers, to value people and their feelings above possessions, to act quickly when someone is in need, and to always give with love. Such a simple gesture on her part, but it changed me in a huge way.
So, be generous with your time, your smiles, your compassion, your love, your kindness, and your bracelets!
Note from Becky
My dear friend Karen is one I admire so much. This generosity that she speaks of? Well, it takes one to know one, right? She is one of the most generous women I know. She has just spent the past few years being what we call in our church, a Relief Society president. That means that she was called to serve as the leader of the women in our local church congregation. This is so much more than volunteer work. She served and loved and prayed for – and prayed with – and helped to lift, encourage, and rescue women in our community. I’m forever grateful for her example and wisdom and selflessness.