By now most of us are aware that our life is pretty much like the game of tennis. If you cannot "serve" well in the court of life, you will end up losing big time. The truth is, nobody will really care how much you know until they know much you are. The late Mother Teresa said it best, "Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile. A self-centered life is totally empty." Stern reminder but it is an undeniable truth. If you have been living just for yourself...then you are not really "alive".
The measure of life is not in its duration,
but in its donation.
Everyone can be great because
everyone can serve.
Get out of your way to build a "service" station in your life when you are dissatisfied with how your life is going on. The moment you help others with their troubles and problems, you will realize that you are solving yours at the same time too. Some stifles at the thought of giving other selflessly. We need to understand that a life serving others is not really unselfish. Why is this so? This is because the giver will always receive. As the saying goes, "Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel."
When death is at your doorstep...what do you think you will be asked? The questions are...
- Not "How much have you got?" but "How much you have given?"
- Not "How much you have won?" but "How much have you done?"
- Not "How much have you saved?" but "How much have you sacrificed?"
- Not "How much were you honored?" but "How much have you loved and served?"
When I look around me: If saddens me that a lot do not even care for their own family members what more mere strangers who are in need. Selfishness is the greatest curse of human race. We need to look for a way to give before we are looking for a way to get. The moment we are inclined to do anything for our very own self-interest, that is when the ravaging fire of greed will consume and devour us sooner or later. Think about it: selfishness is the culprit which results in most of unhappiness.
Those who are selfish will usually die...miserably...
The Cold Within
Six humans trapped by happenstance
In bleak and bitter cold.
Each one possessed a stick of wood
Or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in need of logs
The first man held his back
For of the faces round the fire
He noticed one was black.
The next man looking ‘cross the way
Saw one not of his church
And couldn’t bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes.
He gave his coat a hitch.
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of the wealth he had in store
And how to keep what he had earned
From the lazy shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight.
For all he saw in his stick of wood
Was a chance to spite the white.
The last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain.
Giving only to those who gave
Was how he played the game.
Their logs held tight in death’s still hands
Was proof of human sin.
They didn’t die from the cold without
They died from the cold within.
~James Patrick Kinney~
Even a little can go a long way for someone who is in need...
Life is no longer meaningless when you are serving for others. Those who have sought and found how to serve others will be the ones who are really happy. Contrary to popular beliefs, when we strive to put the needs and wants of others before us, we will in fact be happier. Yours truly me have always believed that when my family members and the ones are me whom I care are happy, I am happy. How about you? Remember: The more you give, the more you will get. What comes around goes around. 😃