Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Would you jump at the opportunity to change form – morphing into someone else completely for a day? A month? A year? Could you handle not being you? Maybe you’d prefer it this way. Even if you’re happy, we all have those moments when we wish we could look like, be like and have like her, him or them. We often try and transform our exterior image to match or outdo those around us. When we do this, we lose our unique identities in the process. I challenge each of us to shift into better versions of ourselves. You were made on purpose. So let’s starting living with purpose – fueled by faith, love, hope and determination.
How many times have we passed by that lonely next-door neighbor, that elderly person, that homeless man on the corner or that woman struggling with her grocery bags – and did nothing? Do you remember the last time you went out of your way to help these strangers. If you do, have you done it often? It’s hard, isn’t it? Carrying out selfless acts of generosity and kindness towards others on a continuous basis is difficult for many of us – might even be torturous for some. We’re so busy trying to attain our own happiness in life that we forget to sometimes do things for others, expecting nothing in return. My challenge to all of us – Live altruistically. We might be pleasantly surprised to see how full our lives will become.
I’d like to think I’m the type of person who is brave enough to confront issues that need to be addressed. But that isn’t always the case. When life gets rough, sometimes there’s a tendency to try and run from it instead of working through it. It’s in the daily grind, hardship and suffering that builds character and strength in a person – although it’s hard to see it that way when you’re right in the middle of it all. Let’s stand up to and not run from all of our problems. If done in the right spirit, right way and right state of mind – the rewards will be great.