November 17, 2018

“Generosity is the virtue which produces Peace.”

I remember being a little boy and looking forward to being an adult, that magical day when I could magically buy beautiful things (for some reason I visualized these Chinese lion statues) without having to ask for permission.

Now I’m an adult, and I still get a thrill at being able to buy whatever I want at the grocery.

But I wasn’t always able to buy whatever I wanted at the grocery.

Even 7 years ago, at the age of 37, my debit card was getting rejected in line at the grocery, and even if it wasn’t, there was always the tightening in my chest at the threat of it.

That’s the American dream—grow up poor, get a good education, make a success of yourself. In historical context, that’s a radical dream.

But many of us don’t get that good education, or enjoy safe streets. Many of us don’t have the money to buy a coffee.

The holidays are coming up—once again I’m collecting local donations from restaurants, $50 gift certificates, for single parents and others who might need a break and might enjoy a special fun lunch or dinner taking their children out to a nice restaurant without having to cook or do the dishes. The Kitchen has already given five $50 donations. In the past, many other local restaurants have been generous. If you’d like to give, please comment below.

As they say in Buddhism, “generosity is the virtue which produces peace.”

But even more importantly, vote for and support those who support safe streets, investment in commonwealth and education, and higher taxes on the very rich and corporations—let’s give the next generations a path forward. When we all win, we all win.

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Mare Arthur-Reasons Nov 19, 2018 4:24am

I just lost everything in th CALIF Camp Fire, I need any support I can get, I have nothing, living ina shelter now, worked my whole life and at 62 lost it ll , plese sen me some relief in any way

Judy McCord Nov 17, 2018 11:07pm

I grew up with two brothers and a mom who was widowed at age 28. We ate meals that I grew up on, so they must have been nourishing. And we always had a roof over our heads. And Mom often had to say "We can't afford that." I really appreciate folks like you, Waylon Jennings. You are loved!

Evans Shades Nov 17, 2018 7:56pm

A group close to my heart: Single cancer patients and with no children, are practically invisible socially and financially. There are so many people that need our help, thank you for this reminder.

Karen Freeman Nov 17, 2018 7:27pm


Dana Rose Nov 17, 2018 6:27pm

I think it’s great you support single parents this time a year. As one myself, I have learned first had just how much it hurts to say “I’m sorry I can’t afford to buy you that.” Thank you!

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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.