The generosity in me was inspired following a retreat celebrating the 2010 Lunar New Year (Chinese/Vietnamese New Year). For the first time, I started filling decorative red envelopes with "lucky money" to send to family, friends, co-workers, former lab mates, and the people around me and their (very) sick loved ones - a custom that has primarily been reserved for the elderly treating children. The 'bills' really started adding up and I started having second thoughts: maybe I should skip this person? I haven't seen that person in a long time...I could use this for school or rent..This person won't notice...
But then I thought to myself, "It's just costing me a dollar or two to put a smile on someone's face for the New Year." After I realized what a good deal it really was (who wouldn't pay a dollar or two for a smile?!), it was much easier to send off the rest of the envelopes and have no regrets.
It's now more important than ever to keep things in perspective and Pass It On.
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