Building a cathedral for your soul: Generosity as a virtue and a practice

William G. Enright, Richard T. Miyamoto

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Objective: To evaluate the virtue of generosity as it relates to how we are what we are. Study Design: Systematic review of the literature. Results: Generosity has to do with our very being and our behaving, with our living as caring, respectful, courteous, grace-giving people. Authentic generosity is rooted in our unique sense of calling. Generosity is an interactive, interpersonal two-way relationship of trust and respect between doctor and patient, student and teacher. How do we nurture generosity? Generous people are reflective people who take inventory of their souls. Conclusion: Building a cathedral for your soul has to do with tomorrow as well as with today, with how we choose to be remembered, and with the kind of spiritual legacy that we are crafting by the way we live.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-556
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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