“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama
“ So this is Christmas and what have you done?” asks a pensive John Lennon in his song also known as Happy Xmas(War is Over.
With the upcoming holidays and the world on the brink of what seems like another war, this 1963 song seems eerily relevant today. Around the globe the coming of the new year is met with holiday celebrations and the symbolism of a fresh start. Instead of looking back, consider the future rather then harbor any regrets, and instead make up your mind to change them as you move forward. The impending holidays also bring to the forefront of people’s minds the spirit of altruism. While We can’t all spend our days giving 100% of ourselves to charity, We can at least vow to be a positive influence on ourselves and others, rather then a negative one. As humans it’s all too easy to be self centered, and our selfishly motivated decisions can sometimes hurt others. What many people don’t fully realize is that in helping others you actually help yourself too. Therefore in giving you’re also receiving, it’s a win-win situation! As the new year brings with it renewed motivation for personal goals, why not with it a new vision? A vision that is geared more towards equality, peace, positivity, and altruism. The consideration We have for the good of mankind should be in the forefront more then once a year, or only reserved for when a tragedy strikes. The larger question that looms is “Can these things be brought about on a regular basis, rather then just by Santa Claus or new year resolutions?” The good news is that you don’t have to wait for someone else to answer this question, because you can. Each of us has a choice everyday rather then just once a year to pursue dreams, set new goals, be a positive influence , and to help others. Don’t just meet each new year with zest and motivation but how about each new day?
Tomorrow is new and cheers!
“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Most of us believe We have posessions,but the truth is We own nothing. This life is transient and We can take nothing with us. Therefore, don’t save your best china(or clothes)for holidays or dinner guests, but use it for every meal. I think everyone has the tendency to save their nicest belongings for special occasions. However, each day you have to inhabit and enjoy is a special occasion. Therefore, wear that lovely outfit or dust off your jewelry box and don that pretty(expensive)necklace. Nice belongings have a funny way of making us feel better,and each day you should srive to feel as lovely as your expensive(and special)necklace looks. We are perceived by our exteriors,while simultaneously they are influenced by our interiors. If you don’t feel well, you won’t look well. Even when there is nothing to celebrate it’s worth putting in some extra effort. As I’ve learned, material belongings mean very little in the broad scope of things. My valued posessions, pale in comparison to the simple joy of happiness. I’d rather be contented and happy then have a pair of Prada sunglasses. My great Grandmother put on a blouse,earrings,and makeup everyday and then proceeded to sit in Her apartment to watch television alone. She wasn’t getting dressed for others,but for Herself. Even money in all reality is just paper We assign value to, and yet how much violence,crime,and greed is caused by it? I spent time as a bank teller, and after a year it felt like I was playing Monopoly. How silly it is to lust after something as meaningless as money. All the work it takes to earn it,and then buy posessions only to “save,”them? After my injury I used to think how useless one million dollars would be to me. Because, what would I do with it? Would a million dollars restore my body physically? No. Would it bring true happiness? No. I concluded that money was useless to me. I’d no sooner choose to be a happy, and healthy person,then a millionaire. This existence is far too brief to warrant saving pretty dishes in a case to gather dust. My dear friends, don’t save them, but use them for every meal!
save room for dessert,