Being generous to someone who might not deserve your generosity can be hard. It can feel like weakness—like you’re giving in, or not holding someone accountable, or not standing up for yourself.
In truth, it’s the opposite. It takes great strength to bring consistent generosity to the interactions you have with difficult people, but this act is the key to living a good life. It is our duty as human beings, but it also makes us better human beings.
Generosity is like a muscle. When you first commit to making it stronger, you might end up feeling tired afterward, and a little sore. But over time, as you strengthen your generosity, you will be strengthening yourself and your relationships. You will be building your emotional intelligence and integrity.
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