Earlier this year I wrote in my blog about a woman with great perserverance, who had been really keen for me to speak in her organisation and whilst she got no support internally, we eventually made it happen as I was impressed by her determination and commitment.

Well this morning I received a very welcome email from her in which she has begun work in her own time on a project that will be of significant benefit to my business.  She felt I had been so kind by speaking to her colleagues that she wanted to do something in return.  This was such a lovely surprise that it made me think about the theme of today's blog posting.

What do we need to do, or think, so that what we do for others may come back to us in some other way in the future?

Look at the definitions of the words below and a theme emerges….

1.  Generosity

is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time,money or talents to aid someone in need.

2.  Acceptance

is a person's agreement to experience a situation, to follow a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest, or exit.

3. Delight

means happiness and may refer to someone or something that brings such a state.

Astoria and Cruise 2011 to med 212

For me the theme that comes from these words is about the degree of force or energy that is used in the activity.  Nothing in these definitions speaks to me about forcing, or pushing or driving.  Rather the opposite, it seems that when you are in a state of flow, effortlessness and with no defined expectation, there can be a greater sense of happiness.

This links into my philosophy which is "slowing down is the new speeding up".  So if you want to develop your business and make greater impact, then slow down, reflect, notice where you could add value and be generous to others.