December 5, 2008
I remember something I read about the different stages to achieve selfless giving. I believe it is from a Buddhist teaching that is appropriate at Giftmas time.
1. Giving in public so that everyone is aware of your generosity.
2. Giving in private to someone so only she or he is aware of your generosity.
3. Giving anonymously to someone so she or he is unaware of your generosity.
4. Giving to someone so that you are unaware of who you gave to and she or he is unaware of your generosity.
The last two are difficult without letting go of your ego and the need for acknowledgement.