When I was very young and outgrew my favorite clothing and toys I was asked to share them with children that would still get use and pleasure from them. If I had an overabundance of something I was again asked to share what I had. I was a child and children are naturally selfish without inhibition, so sometimes when a toy was a particular favorite item, I rebelled. “No! I do not want to give away my favorite shirt or my favorite doll! I will not share just because I have two! Let them get their own stuff!”
My gentle grandfather would sit me down, and in between puffs on his tobacco pipe, he would explain to me that being generous and sharing was a learned behavior and not something that came easily to anyone, even when they knew the importance of it.
To share and to be generous is not just about being human, it is about being alive, knowing that life is precious, and unless you can share, you will never truly live at all.
This year as you declutter your own life, find something that is worthy of sharing, and pass it on.