Weekending in Austin
Capital of: The State, Live Music, Food Comas, and Hipsters
Last weekend I was in Austin, celebrating a good friend's 30th birthday. Austin is the type of place where you will NEVER run out of things to do. And while I have been to Austin many times over the last several years, this was one of my favorite visits.
We got to ATX on Friday night around 9:15pm and experienced the best welcome from our hotel. We stayed at the Renaissance Arboretum Hotel which was secluded in the hills, with gorgeous views of the city. Because they were aware that it was my friend's birthday, they had two bottles of champagne and a dozen chocolate strawberries waiting for us in our room. Every single person that we encountered (from the valet, to the front desk staff, to the bellhops) wished her a happy birthday. Her mom even made sure that we had the cutest goodie bags - they were embroidered bags filled with cute accessories and fun knick-knacks.
The entire trip, we experienced incredible amounts of generosity and kindness. From every restaurant that we dined at, and the cheese shop where we had wine and cheese tasting, every person we encountered went above and beyond to make my friend feel special on her birthday. Maybe it's because we were in Austin, and Austin is a place full of good vibes. But, I started thinking that maybe it's deeper than that.
Could it be that generosity is another trait that is contagious? Like joy, generosity is an act that can spread like wildfire? Think about it. When someone does something generous towards you, how do you feel? Chances are, it makes you feel warm, fuzzy, and inspired. Inspired to treat someone else generously. To give someone a smile, to let several people over in rush hour traffic, or even to pay for the person behind you in the Starbuck's drive-thru line. There's no such thing as being too generous. I believe that generous people perpetuate generosity because they've experienced lavishness and overflow in their own life in some area. It's a cyclical process - the more you put out, the more you get back. You reap what you sow.
And that's who I want to be. I want to sow goodness. I want to sow kindness. I want to sow joy. I want to sow GENEROSITY.