INSPIRATIONAL GAL: Be Good ΓÇô To Someone Else!By Inspiration Gal | March 4, 2013 | Diva Mom, Entertainment, Relationships
Your monthly challenge to be the best version of yourself yet — from Inspiration Gal!
Humans are selfish by nature. When weΓÇÖre born itΓÇÖs all about us — our tiny little brains arenΓÇÖt formed enough to be caring. All we know is that sometimes we are hungry, sometimes our bottoms are wet and sometimes we are too cold or too hot. When any of these things occur, we cry and someone (and we really donΓÇÖt care who) fixes them. As an infant thatΓÇÖs just how it is. But as you got older, did you leave that infant mentality behind, or are you still wanting people to fulfill your needs without giving something back?
If youΓÇÖre still trapped in that infant mentality you need to break away. And if you see the world only in terms of how it can help you, you arenΓÇÖt really living. One of the greatest joys in life is helping someone else. The smallest favor can change someoneΓÇÖs day — or maybe even his or her life. And the best thing about favors is the return on them is usually 110 percent!
You can bring a co-worker a cup of coffee or a candy bar that cost you a dollar, but the return on it can be astronomical. You can send a $3 greeting card to a friend who is having a rough time and give them the motivation to keep on persevering. Why not help out a total stranger? At a Starbucks drive-through window, a woman paid for her coffee and gave the cashier an extra $5 to pay for the coffee of the car behind her. She didnΓÇÖt know the person behind her but she made his day. And guess what he did? He paid for the coffee of the person behind him, and the person behind him did the same thing. This went on for two hours. What a great way to start the morning; pulling up to the drive through and getting a free cup of coffee! Apparently it made those people feel so good that they wanted to pay it forward for two hours!
My challenge to you this month is to break away from your infant mentality and fulfill the needs of others instead of your own. Pick a person to be good to everyday. It doesnΓÇÖt have to cost you a cent. It can be as simple as giving a stranger a compliment or offering to pump gas for the elderly person in front of you at the gas station. My favorite is volunteering to babysit so a friend can spend a night out with her husband. Even putting your shopping cart back at Wal-Mart to help the pimple faced cart boy counts. It might be a little thing to you, but it could mean the world to someone else.
To paraphrase John F. Kennedy: Ask not what someone can do for you but what you can do for someone else.
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