Benefactor: (n) a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause.
- The problem with autonomy is that it’s lonely.
- The difficulty with collaboration is that it generally votes itself into a position of doing nothing.
So what is right?
When do we have an idea that is good enough that it needs a benefactor to fund it immediately instead of waiting for the greatness of the idea to bloom?
A good question.
I have had benefactors in my life. Even though each experience has eventually gone astray, I am still grateful for the generosity of those who believed in me for a very special season.
The reason that benefitting others eventually goes afoul is that when we try to control both the creativity of another person and the circumstances of life, we always end up looking foolish.
My benefactors were very excited about my gifts, abilities and talents–until they realized that “all good things come to them who wait.”
When their generosity did not bring forth immediate profit, they became impatient and started pointing fingers–many of which fell in my direction.
They left me too soon.
It’s not their fault.
Patience is where we possess our souls.
Yet most of our spirits are infested with the demon of shortsightedness.