When the economy slows down and recession starts, it’s natural to think of yourself first. You have a family to feed, a mortgage bond to pay. Getting more, wanting more appears to be the order of business.
It turns out that the connected economy doesn’t respect this natural instinct. Instead, we are rewarded for being generous. Generous with our time and money but most important generous with our art, our skill and our experiences.
If you make a difference, people will gravitate to you. They want to engage, to interact and to get you more involved.
In a digital world, in the connection economy, the gift I give you almost always benefits me more than it costs.
If you make a difference, you also make a connection. You interact with people who want to be interacted with and you make changes that people respect and yearn for.
Art can’t happen without someone who seeks to make a difference. This is your art, it’s what you do. You touch people or projects and change them for the better.
The generosity economy rewards people who create and participate in circles of gifts. Not the direct I-gave-you-this-you-give-me-that giving and get of a traditional economy, but instead the tribal economy of individuals supporting one another.
This coming month, this year, you will certainly find that the more you give the more you get.
No one has ever become poor giving:
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. — Hāfiz