You need to figure out who you are and what you are about in life. When people first see you and talk to you for a few minutes, can others tell what your mission is? Without you saying anything, can they tell what you work to accomplish and how those accomplishments make a positive difference in the world?
If you are dedicated to your cause and use that position to make life better for others, those who meet you will probably be able to detect the desire within you. Having the drive to do good for others does not require an abandonment of your work to also do good for yourself. When done right, one good deed assists other positive actions. When people seek and work for positive effects, they also quite often find positive responses seeking them as well.
Does this mean you’ll end up rich and wealthy and famous? Maybe not, and I don’t believe most of the people who reach out to do good are solely working for personal gain. This also, though, does not mean you live the life of ashes and sackcloth. We each find our own particular point of comfort in life. Attaining that point does not mean you stop, it signifies you have discovered your platform upon which you can live in go forth to do good for others.
Everyone has a gift. Everyone has something someone else needs. And everyone needs something that someone else has. This week we explore the questions of what we may have that others yearn for? And, what others may have that we need?
For today I would like you to think of what someone has shared with you in the past that made you feel better. Also, think about the things that you have shared that have caused others around you to feel better. We all have a tendency to consider tangibles, a baking dish, a ladder, and a newspaper or a car ride. Even though sharing these items is nice, sometimes our best gifts are intangibles. Think of a smile to a stranger, time spent with someone who is lonely. Discussions over books or movies, a prayer or good thoughts for the person going through a crisis are always positive and often the most needed help.
Not everything that helps is tangible, and many things that do the most good are intangibles. We all do them and sometimes without even a thought. Think of the things that you have done for others and the things that others have done for you.
Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.