Sunday morning Stoic: Be more generous than seems reasonable

From Epictetus, via Sharon Lebell’s The Art of Living:


I can’t outgive my wife. 

Often, we’ll see a need or be asked for a contribution to some cause we care about. When she asks me how much we should give, I’ll come up with an amount I think is a little bold, but not unreasonable. But before telling her, I’ll ask what she has in mind, and it’s always bigger and bolder.

I too often try to be reasonable with our generosity. But most of us can give more and do more than we think is reasonable. 

Push your generosity comfort zone out to the edge where it’s slightly-uncomfortable-but-kind-of-thrilling. Push pass the resistance that guides you to caution, and follow your impulse to give more boldly.