In a previous post I wrote about the quandary of doing good deeds for others that go unappreciated and unreciprocated. It’s called “What goes around, comes in a round about way.” In my most recent post, I continued that theme by showing how people benefit from the spirit of well-being that you radiate even when they don’t recognize it. You can read that post by clicking here. Today, I’d like to offer a bit more encouragement to those who have ever felt weary from taking the high road in life.
An insight that inspires
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – St. Paul’s epistle to the Galatians.
When we release our need for praise and social approval, we find a hidden source of strength that empowers us to press toward our goals without fear of loss, regret, or persecution.
This strength is motivated by an awareness which sees beyond the immediate physical effects of our actions. It is propelled by a conviction that in the end the truth of love prevails over the myth of hate, light eventually fills every dark space, and good truly does dispel the illusion of evil.
Good is classic and everything else is a fad
Acts of goodness have a way of stretching across time and space as they continue producing positive effects on humanity long after the original acts were performed.
Opposition comes & goes and conflicts are fair weather fiends, but that which emanates from a positive source will always have its inevitable day of vindication. The privilege and joy of being a part of that day outweighs any seeming inconveniences that threaten us along the way.
I know, I know…trust me, I know, but do it anyway
Below I have posted a very wonderful piece of writing by Dr. Kent M. Keith. It’s called “The Paradoxical Commandments.” May his words inspire you to persist in your pursuit and practice of the good life.
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.