“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

Consider a stream, fed by countless trickles, small currents converging into a force that carves landscapes. That’s human generosity—it’s countless tiny acts of kindness, merging into a powerful river of compassion. It’s vast, unfathomable, yet made up of droplets, each one precious.

Now imagine saying “thank you”. It’s a pebble thrown into that stream, a tiny gesture against the current. It might seem insignificant, but each “thank you” ripples out, impacting more than we know. It’s our surrender to the majesty of that generosity, our humble acknowledgment. Maybe the wisest thing we can do is keep tossing those pebbles, letting our gratitude ripple out, forever and sincerely, as long as we have voices.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Product + Content Marketing at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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