Sunday, January 26, 2014

It Takes ONE: Being Pro-active

Today is Sunday, January 26, 2014.

One tree can start a forest;
One smile can begin a friendship;
One hand can lift a soul;
One word can frame the goal;
One candle can wipe out darkness;
One laugh can conquer gloom;
One hope can raised your spirits;
One touch can show you care;
One life can make a difference.

So many of us are accustomed to looking around for someone else to do for us, to make us happy.  What if we took a more pro-active stance, and decided to be the one to bring happiness to others?   Fortunately, this doesn't have to mean doing big things that involve a lot of effort, take up a lot of time or cost a lot of money.  

The Law of Cause and Effect, which works every bit as consistently and effortlessly as the laws of physics, says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  The reaction is equal in intensity, because you get out of things what you put into them.  The reaction is opposite because what goes up must come down, what goes out must come back.  This is why doing for others always ends up making our own lives better in some way, shape or form.  It is in line with the idea that you create your own reality.  If you want your reality to be one in which kindness and thoughtfulness abound, then that is what you must offer to the world.

Stop and think for a moment about the qualities you'd like to see in your own life.  Get a piece of paper and number from 1 to 5, or from 1 to 10, if you are feeling ambitious.  List qualities you'd like to see appear regularly in life.   Don't list things or people.  These come and go.  Just list qualities:  kindness, thoughtfulness, joy, tolerance, optimism, honesty, trust, compassion, abundance, altruism, charity, imagination, harmony, passion, respect, romance, magic, playfulness, inspiration, enlightenment.  You get the picture. 

Keep this list handy and refer to it from time to time.  Now... how can you bring these qualities into someone else's life?  That's your challenge.  If you have a smart phone or a calendar, be sure to write down today's date and set up a reminder for yourself to check your list a year from now.  How many of the qualities you listed have appeared in your own life?  :-)

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