the important stuff

Once we did a group discussion with a lot of parents about what we wanted in a perfect school for our daughter. The discussion leader asked us to name those qualities that we most encouraged and wanted for our kids. For me it wasn’t hard. I value generosity above almost everything. Generosity of spirit and the more direct, share what you’ve got (time, energy, money, stuff) kind. It’s a goal I set for myself.

Lynn Viehl at Paperback Writer doesn’t talk about generosity, but she sure acts on the principle. I’ve been watching her give away books for a year. She gives books away like other people give away advice. She sends them to soldiers stationed overseas (something I’ve done once, but really should do more often). If you’re reading this, well heck, there’s a good chance she sent you a book.*

Somebody suggested I talk about those causes and charities that I support. I can do that, as I concentrate on a short list and it wouldn’t be hard to put together. But really this is not about what or how much, it’s about living with your hands and spirit open to the world. And remember me: I’m the agnostic. No belief in a higher power. No spirituality (the word even makes me cringe). But a determined belief in the possibility of good.

*Full disclosure: Lynn has taken a liking to my books and gives them away too. Which is very, very good of her, of course, but irrelevant to the point I’m trying to make. But this isn’t: Lynn doesn’t accept anything in return, not even a signed book for herself. See? Generosity.

2 Replies to “the important stuff”

  1. Well Rosina, I have found you to be a generous person and appreciate the opportunites that you’ve given us all with signed books, excerpts, writing techniques etc… I’ve checked out Paperback writer a few times and enjoy visiting Lynn’s blog.

    One of the wonderful things that you brought to me without even realizing it, is now I go to different writer’s blogs, sites and myspace. To be honest before you I didn’t even think of going to look for this information. I feel as though most of these people are attainable you could talk to them, ask them questions, they are available (including you of course) I’ve made friends and learned so much more about the writing process and for that I’m grateful.

    Thanks Rosina

  2. Rosina-I think you are very generous with your time. (Thank you for all the help getting the newsletter.) You give a lot of your time to create a forum where we can explore new books and new friends.

    I am not quite as focused on the writing process as others, but through your offerings, I am trying new genres of books and getting people around me to read more.

    For others, don’t forget your local museums… you can give your time to help out, donate funds, or even just visit one, it helps them get through the next year. Most museums are dedicated to education and art and preserving it for future generations.

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