Inertia is the resistance of any object to a change in its motion or direction. How does generosity have inertia?
Giving, especially giving sacrificially, is hard to start doing. We tend to think of our things as, well, ours. We earned it and we get to keep it. Other people didn’t earn it for us.
Giving that first dollar or that first hour to someone who needs help is tough because it goes against the grain of how we are wired. We’ve been trained to live in a mindset of scarcity, always assuming that what we have is not enough and certainly never thinking that we have some to spare for someone else.
But the amazing thing about being generous is that when you start, it’s hard to stop. It’s a snowball effect. That first dollar turns into ten dollars. That first hour turns into ten hours. And the dollars and the hours begin to feel bottomless.
Generosity gains momentum on its own. Put another way, being generous creates more generosity in you and in others.