KINDNESS/SERVICE

 

Commit random kindness,

senseless acts of beauty

--bumpersticker

 

"If each of you reading this practiced just one random act of kindness a day, starting tomorrow, our world would be transformed."

--Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D.

 

Kindness, like violence can build on itself, the choice is ours. Do we want to cultivate the seven deadly sins and have them erupt into a mushroom cloud--or do we want to begin a chain reaction with each act of random kindness that blossoms into world peace and love.

Dr. Viktor Frankl a survivor of the Nazi death camps and author of Man's Search For Meaning. said, "Ask not what you can expect of life; ask what life expects of you." Dr. Frankl discovered that the survivors had a purpose, a meaning for living that was beyond themselves. Two decades later President John F. Kennedy gave this advice in his inaugural address, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." This law of giving and receiving is universal, it is also known as the law of karma; what goes around comes around. Whatever we put into the world comes back to us, particularly when it involves people. If you want to be happy, serve someone to create happiness in their lives. If you want a friend, be a friend. If you want love, give love. If you desire success, then help someone else become successful. The hardest one to understand is: if you want more money, give more money. This is the law of tithing. In Malachi 3:10, God promises the Israelites that if they give their tithes he will open the heavens and pour them "out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." A tithe has traditionally meant a tenth of your increase (gross income). A tithe should not be money alone, to get karmic benefits, a tithe should be of your time, talents and resources. Churches often require their members to donate to the church. The church then decides how the money will be spent. I believe it is better for the individual to find a good cause and donate. Giving clothes and food to the poor or helping some poor struggling family. If you are short of money or not, give time. Search your talents and discover how you can best serve your community then do it. The writers of Chicken Soup for the Soul accept donations of the price of one book to donate 2 books to prisons, shelters and other needy institutions, I make the same offer with this book.

I don't believe in welfare to the extent that it enables people to be dependent on the government. Wouldn't it be better to give them the training they need to find jobs or even provide community service jobs? Instead of food stamps to buy junk food, wouldn't it be better to give healthy food. Whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit and surplus foods? The same applies to our children, don't give them everything they want, help them to help themselves or they will remain dependent on you or expect the world to take care of them. As you venture forth to serve, do it well, think what is best, what would you want done for you in the same situation--keep the future in mind.

 

The Golden Rule:

Do for others what you would have them do for you.

 

Before you criticize and choose, walk a mile in my shoes.

 

Lord, I am an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, I sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness joy.

O, divine master, I am thankful that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

--ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

 

When ye are in the service

of your fellow beings ye are only

in the service of your God.

--Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17

 

ONE OF THE BEST CURES FOR DEPRESSION IS TO HELP SOMEONE, SERVE THEM.

 

"It's the action, not the fruit of the action that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."

--Gandi

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself"

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Seek to serve others rather than to be served by them. However, don't be so proud that you refuse to accept or ask for help when you need it--you will be denying someone else the opportunity to serve.

 

TRANQUILLITY--PEACE OF MIND

 

What is a greater accomplishment in life than serenity and peace of mind? What asset could be of more value to us than unshakable calmness and tranquillity? What better evidence of spiritual strength could we have than a peaceful mind and heart?

Peace of mind comes from accepting what we cannot control and taking responsibility for what we can. It grows out of faith and trust in our Higher Power and our spiritual natures. It comes to us when we let go of our guilt, fear and doubt.

 

IT IS THE RESULT OF FORGIVING OURSELVES AND OTHERS FOR ALL HUMAN IMPERFECTIONS.

 

We can learn independence from turbulent emotions and negative thoughts. We can discover that happiness originates inside, not outside, of us. When we let go of our delusion that something or someone will someday make us happy, we can focus on our spiritual center and the joy we have within.

 

INNER PEACE IS ALWAYS FOUND IN THE HERE AND NOW. IT WAITS QUIETLY FOR US TO DISCOVER IT.

 

We can turn our conscious minds away from worries, fears, regrets, expectations, and the haste of our daily lives. Then all the love, beauty, joy, and peacefulness of our deep spiritual selves can come through.

Without peace of mind, no amount of wealth or good fortune can ever make us truly happy. With true peace of mind, no adversity or lack can ever disturb our calm soul.

If I had but one wish for everyone, guaranteed to come true, it would be this: That there would be peace and love among all people, beginning with peace inside each person. There is nothing in the world more valuable than peace and unconditional love. It is within each of us to choose love and peace as a conscious goal.

 

WHEN WE ARE AT PEACE, WE CREATE AND EXPERIENCE HEAVEN ON EARTH.

 

Serenity and peace is within you, sit, be still and tune in to the small, still voice within.

 

DESIDERATA

 

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the Universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful. Strive to be happy.

--Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore. Dated 1692.

 

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