You know what it is? It is when people who have very little to give, give of themselves. It not a gift or present in the dollars sense but it is the more meaningful contribution that people make when they volunteer, or donate their time, or help out!
I have been the recipient of a lot of this over time. I have also been a giver. I have felt privileged and blessed in both circumstances,
On the Christmas Tree Festival I have been a witness to the generosity of spirit of many people whose contribution flies at times, in the face of overt commercialism and outright selfishness. Fortunately for me, just about everybody involved in the event is in the former not the latter. I am extremely grateful for their generosity of spirit and am indebted to them for being part of getting something great off the ground.
I also thank the people who on a nightly basis tell me and the staff how great the trees are and how they feel good about the simple sense of giving. As the Adelaide Christmas Tree Festival grows these are the people that I want to attract to the festival; people who innately are givers and receivers of the generosity of spirit. Hopefully when others come the vibe will rub off and not only will donations rise but also the interest in doing something with your time that demonstrates your own generosity of spirit.