To be charitable – to act with charity – is to contribute, to furnish. One’s authentic intent connects with the act of contributing and the follow-through of furnishing.
Rhonda is not alone in describing the events of the most recent months as “craziness.” The individuals in her organization are struggling with a new understanding of the world of work in the 21st Century. It had been 3 months since Rhonda and I had talked. She needed a reminder of the power of her values, her strengths, and her voice. Rhonda realized that the uncertainty of the future, when dwelled upon, brings about fear that only serves to pull her from the power of the present; and therefore distracts her from the accountability of her presence.
You are your best you only in the present. Presently directing your energy is a gift to self and others. Practicing presence is practicing calmness. There is confidence in calmness. Your confidence is a gift to those you lead, influence, and serve. Only when you are confidently free of limiting fear can you give from individual and collective strength.
In all times, lean on your strengths to determine what to give and how to give it. Giving authentically means you contribute time and furnish energy in light of the impact you desire and intend.