Wealth is Measured by What You Give Away, Practice Generosity

By Jacob Devaney on Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Wealth is Measured by What You Give Away, Practice Generosity

The tree gives it's fruit without asking, the sun demands no payment for lighting our day, and all of life is in a constant state of give and take.

Long ago wealth was measured by what you gave back to your community, not what you managed to take from it. Though this wisdom has almost been forgotten, it is still true today. Generosity is a way of life that has nothing to do with the size of your bank account. Giving freely of yourself actually increases your sense of wealth, rather than depleting it. It feels good to give, and that feeling is multiplied when your gift increases the quality of someone else’s life. Generosity.org is applying this principle to the most basic human need, clean drinking water.

748 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and you can participate in making a positive change in their lives. Generosity.org is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. There are 3 simple things that you can do to help.

First, you can help to fund a well for as little as $5. Second you can organize a legacy campaign with your friends to change hundreds of lives for the better. Or third, you can join the Generous Society to make monthly donations to support the cause. Making a difference can be as simple as deciding that generosity is one way that you want to enrich your own life while helping others along the way.

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Water flows freely, giving life to all and this year for World Water Day, there are many organizations practicing generosity. UPLIFT Connect and Unify have partnered with the Shift Network and many other organizations for a host of activities on March 22. One of the many ways that UPLIFT is spreading awareness and helping partnered organizations has been through the gift of custom-branded videos narrated by Marianne Williamson.

Organizations like Tiffany Shlain’s Let it Ripple, Arise Music Festival, Be the Peace, The Mind Unleashed, Sustainable Human, Creative Visions Foundation, and many others have agreed to cross-promote this worthy cause. Celebrities like Deepak Chopra, India Irie, Pharrel Williams, Gabby Bernstein along with others have joined in to spread the word and build on the collaborative inspiration that is #LoveWater. Environmental groups like Sea Shepherd, Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace and others are also on board to make this the most significant World Water Day ever.

LoveWater Webcast

People are using the hashtag #LoveWater, #WaterIs (you fill in the blank and tweet with a picture), and #WorldWaterDay to make waves on social media. UPLIFT is broadcasting a global webcast from the banks of the Ganges River, the Shift Network is hosting a telesummit with luminaries discussing all aspects of water and how you can get involved. The day ends with a globally synchronized meditation all over the world that is organized by Unify, and you can get all the important details for the days events by visiting here.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to be part of something much bigger than each of us. We can give back to the source that has given us life by celebrating water! We have much to learn about the the collaborative process and the kind of generosity that will be necessary to heal our planet’s water. In healing the waters, we heal all of life and that is a story worth being a part of. So please join us wherever you are on March 22 for World Water Day as we #lovewater, celebrate life and commit to making a better world for all.

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Jacob Devaney

Founder and director of Culture Collective, creative activist, musician, and producer.



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