The Altruistic Solution

After nearly 20 years of anxiety & depression & a near suicide attempt, I have found the solution. That solution is the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. I finally found true happiness in giving freely of myself to others. Helping others brought clarity & helped solve my problems too… it gave me purpose in a life that didn’t appear to have any… it filled my heart & mind with a sense of peace that I never got from trying to take from people. The goal for today: help others in any way I can & let happiness, peace & freedom rule the day! Have a great day everybody!

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Admit… Or Bury?

I made a mistake at work yesterday & my old thinking kicked in. I immediately started looking for someone else’s mistakes, so I could conveniently hide mine beneath theirs. Fortunately it didn’t take long for me to realize what I was doing & I was able to quickly turn it around. I turned my focus, attention & energy toward spotting, admitting & correcting my mistake… rather than trying to bury it & pretend it didn’t happen. The goal for today: know that personal responsibility & humility always feel better & bring better results, than fear & blame! Have a great day everybody!

Learn

“You’ll make mistakes, everyone does… just make sure you learn from them” ~from the movie Sully. I tried desperately to never make a mistake & all I accomplished was filling myself full of fear & tension. I was afraid that if I made a mistake people would think I was stupid. And because I didn’t want to look stupid, I hid my mistakes… sometimes even from myself. As a result… I never learned anything from them. Here we are 45 years in & I’ve finally started learning from my mistakes. The goal for today: have enough humility to admit my mistakes… learn from them… & then use them to teach others as well! Have a great day everybody!

Hypocrite

Someone called me a hypocrite yesterday… & they were right. From time to time I do make a hypocrite of myself… I’m not perfect. But rather than feel insulted by the statement, I am taking this opportunity to put my periodic disclaimer of imperfection out there. The things I write are true & accurate… but I certainly don’t practice it perfectly & I don’t expect anyone else to either. I don’t practice it perfectly, but when I do practice it… it works perfectly. The goal for today: try to be perfect, but when I fall short… admit it, fix it & move on! Have a great day everybody!

Freedom & Relief

“To conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got” ~Anon. I once was the master of hiding my mistakes beneath yours… & the end result was that I never fixed any of my problems & I was incredibly unhappy most of the time. If you are the type of person that seems to be great at finding fault with everyone in the world except yourself… I’m here to tell you that there is a better way. Personal responsibility leads to personal freedom! The goal for today: experience the sense of freedom & relief that come as a direct result of humility! Have a great day everybody!

The Healing Power of Humility

When I point out your mistakes… you get defensive & we end up in an argument. When I point out my own mistakes… you admit yours & we end up in a compromise. Admitting my own mistakes is called humility… sanity… truth… & wisdom. These qualities always lay a basis for positive, constructive, helpful discussions… that heal damaged human relations. When all we do is point out other peoples mistakes… we destroy relationships, end up alone & can’t figure out why. The goal for today: feel the healing power of humility! Have a great day everybody!

Help

I have always sucked at asking for help. I was afraid that needing help made me look weak… but now I know the Truth. Honestly admitting that I need help is a strength. Asking for help is a sign of humility. Hearing someone out when they are offering help requires open-mindedness. And taking the action required of me to solve my problem is a demonstration of willingness. I don’t want to be in a constant state of need… but everybody needs a helping hand from time to time. The goal for today: be strong enough to ask for help! Have a great day everybody!