Be Generous! 


By W. Clement Stone

Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; yes—give especially to those to whom you don’t want to give.

Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give—the more you will have!

Give a smile to everyone you meet (smile with your eyes)—and you’ll smile and receive smiles . . .

Give a kind word (with a kindly thought behind the word)—you will be kind and receive kind words.

 Give honor, credit and applause (the victor’s wreath)—you will be honorable and receive credit and applause

Give time for a worthy cause (with eagerness)—you will be worthy and richly rewarded .

Give hope (the magic ingredient for success)—you will have hope and be made hopeful .

Give happiness (a most treasured state of mind)—you will be happy and be made happy .

Give encouragement (the incentive to action)—you will have courage and be encouraged

Give cheer (the verbal sunshine)—you’ll be cheerful and cheered 

Give a pleasant response (the neutralizer of irritants)—you will be pleasant and receive pleasant responses

Give good thoughts (nature’s character builder)—you will be good and the world will have good thoughts for you

Give prayers (the instrument of miracles) for the godless and the godly—you will be reverent and receive blessings, more than you deserve!

Be generous! Give!

A Note from Yvonne Frances Brown:  W. Clement Stone 1902 - 2002 was one of my greatest mentors. He started out with nothing and built an insurance empire. W. Clement Stone founded a multibillion-dollar insurance empire with $100 and sought to buck up the world with the idea that anyone might do the same-all they need is a positive mental attitude."  - "All I want to do is change the world" he said.

When I heard that my mentor had passed away this year, I knew immediately that it was my duty to attend his funeral and pay my respects to the man who has made such a permanent and lasting impact on my life.

As I listened to the testimonials during the funeral services I realized that though he has gone, yet he remains, as the world will have his legacy for all time.  May his soul rest in peace.