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Random Acts of Free Writing

9 October 2010 No Comment

By Helen Kaiao Chang

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In a random act of gratitude, I gave away 15 hours of free writing work this year. Ten hours to one client, five hours to another.

Admittedly, they were both clients that I had had some trouble with in the past. One felt that I charged too much, and the other felt that, well, that I charged too much. I was “right” in both cases. I was justified in my fees. But the clients were not happy and it left a bad taste in their mouths.

I wanted to make it up to them. Not so much to say I was wrong, but more to make it right for them.

I felt that gratitude and generosity were the right antidotes. I wanted to thank them for the honest feedback they gave me, and for the opportunity to work with them. (By the way, I also thank my best clients by giving them price discounts and other freebies.)

They loved it. They appreciated the work I did for them. And they loved that it was free.

The result? One client referred me to his partner for another job. The other said, “Thank you. That feels good. : ) ”

More importantly, the act cultivated a seed of generosity in my heart. I felt that I had more than enough writing abundance to share in the world.

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