May 31


Today's Quotation:

My greatest accomplishments shall never be known, perhaps even to me.  Having made someone smile and see the world a bit brighter, having given someone hope for the future, having helped someone see potential inside him or her self that he or she never might have seen otherwise, having helped someone to see just how beautiful he or she really is--these to me are the achievements that most can help this world to be a brighter, more loving place.

tom walsh

Today's Meditation:

What have you accomplished today?  What are you going to accomplish with the rest of the day?  There are many, many things that we can do that can add to the positive energy of this world, if only we keep our focus on adding to the positive.  We may brighten one tiny corner of the world for just a few minutes at a time, but isn't that enough?  Shouldn't our goal be to contribute to the positive in the world rather than the negative?

We're all surrounded by people who could use a day-brightening comment or a compliment to make them feel better.  Many people in this world find their lives brightened by just a cheerful "hello" and a smile, and they can take that with them and let their memories re-use it to make them feel better later.

It doesn't matter if no one else on this planet knows what we've done.  We know, and that matters.  We've given to the world, contributed to the greater good, and as long as we don't hold any expectations of what should come of our giving, then we can be happy with the fact that we've given in a positive way.  Once we expect something in return, though, we no longer can expect that our giving will have the same positive effect on others.

If you give, you will get.  What you give, you will get in return.  These are two laws of life that we tend to sabotage by expecting something specific in return, and then we face disappointment.

What would this world be like if everyone saw their greatest achievements as the everyday little contributions that they make to others?  What will your world be like if you see things that way?

Questions to ponder:

1.  What can you give to others today on a small, personal scale?

2.  Why do we so often attach expectations of return to what we give?

3.  How can others benefit from what you have to give today?

For further thought:

Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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