Bryan has a cousin named Darryl.
Darryl is one of the most hospitable people I know (well, I actually know a LOT of hospitable people, but bear with me for the story’s sake). When you walk in to Darryl’s home you are greeted with boisterous enthusiasm and he wants to know all about who you are and what you’ve been up to. When you’re around Darryl you get the sense that if you asked for his shirt he would give it to you with great joy.
Bryan always says we should strive to be a little more like Darryl.
I have a friend name Meche (prounounced Meeshee).
Meche is one of the most generous people I know (again, one of many). When Meche hears that you have a need, she is quick to make something happen to fill that need. She will either personally give you what you need, or she will track it down for you. Case in point: she overheard me talking about vacuum cleaners, and the fact that I need a new one, and the fact that top of the line models cost as much as a dishwasher. Before I realized what was happening, she checked Consumer Reports Online for the best rated vacuum, then trekked up to Seattle to check Sears’ scratch and dent section, and found me a top of the line vacuum, brand new in the box, for half the price.
I love knowing people like Darryl and Meche, because they challenge me to be aware of my generosity. They remind me that maybe I hold on to my time and my stuff a little too tightly. They give me perspective.