The Good Life
February 28, 2019
Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.
As I was thinking of some of the good people I have met I realized that they were worthy of respect and friendship. These are folks that care and always strive to do their best. They also are givers, they do what they can when they can for others.
These are not all wealthy or famous but they are all kind and caring. They are the true contented because of the satisfaction that comes from their demeanor and lifestyle.
David Riklan, founder of SelfGrowth.com recently sent me an article that I liked so I have provided you and edited copy.
7 Things You Must Give to Others if You Want to Achieve Success
- Give Others Your Honesty. – The world we live in has a simple rule that most follow: Lie when you have to. Unfortunately, this may make some people wealthy but it make us humans poor. To achieve success is to become wealthy not only in money, but in character. To be successful, truly successful, is to be able to attain your goals and keep your character at the same time!
- Give Others Your Respect. – Most of the time we give people respect based on what they have done or what they have accomplished. We gauge whether or not they are “worthy” of it based on what we know of what they have achieved or who they know or are related to.
But I believe we should have a higher standard: We respect people not for what they have done or for who they are related to or for what they can do for us. Instead, we respect people for simply being.
- Give Others Your Vulnerability. – We are taught to “be strong.” And yes, we should be strong. But we have also embraced something that I think keeps us from having the kind of life that we long for. It is an idea that keeps us from experiencing the kind of relationships that would bring deep meaning to us. It is the idea of vulnerability.
- Give Others Your Care. – Too many people are running around this old earth not caring about others. The days of “Look Out for Number One” and “Winning Through Intimidation” are over! Let’s bring about a new day when we can care about others AND succeed!
- Give Others Your Passion. – There is nothing this world needs more than passionate people. And people need passionate people. Living in this day and age can be tiring. The hustle and bustle of it all can wear you down and tire you out. Give your passion to others and fire them up.
6 Give Others Your Experience. – We all have areas that we excel in and they are usually areas that we have experience in. One of the things we can do to make our lives more meaningful and be of utmost help to others is to show them the way through the experiences we have.
- Give Others Your Help. – All in all, what we want to do is to help others. Zig Ziglar says that if we will “help others get what they want, we will in turn get what we want.” If we want to be successful, we should consider ourselves servants of other people. What can we do to help them and make them better? This is the true path to greatness and success, not only in business but in life!
When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.
Thomas S. Monson
A man and woman had been pen pals for over a year through a Lonely Hearts Club ad in a magazine. She became so impressed with his letters, she fell in love and wrote asking for the opportunity to meet the man behind all the wonderful letters she had enjoyed.
He wrote back that he was so very happy she was having the same fulfillment he was from their relationship through the mail, but before he responded to her request, he had to let her know that he was in a serious car accident during his wild teenage years which left him with a steel plate in his head which disfigured his face and about 1/3 of a head of hair, without one arm, confined to a wheel chair, and a sort of hoarse raspy voice. He quickly added that he would completely understand if this made her less anxious to carry the relationship further.
She wrote back and pooh-poohed his physical impairments and said the letters had revealed what he was like on the inside regardless of what might be on the outside. Then she added that she still wanted to meet him, and suggested that he pick her up at the bus station at 8:00 p.m. next Friday evening. Finally she asked if he would wear a rose in his lapel so she could recognize him.
“Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.”
Father Murphy was playing golf with a parishioner. On the first hole, he sliced into the rough. His opponent heard him mutter “Hoover!” under his breath.
On the second hole, the ball went straight into a water hazard. “Hoover!” again, a little louder this time.
On the third hole, a miracle occurred and Fr. Murphy’s drive landed on the green only six inches from the hole! “Praise be to God!”
He carefully lined up the putt, but the ball curved around the hole instead of going in. “HOOVER!!!!”
By this time, his opponent couldn’t withhold his curiosity any longer, and asked why the priest said, “Hoover”.
“It’s the biggest dam I know!”
A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss.
The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?”
The man says “I’m probably too honest.”
The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.”
The man replies, “I don’t care about what you think!”
That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
William J. H. Boetcker
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