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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
-- Buddha


The MONTHLY Motivator - May 2014


Live beyond yourself

One of the most self-serving things you can do is to stop being so concerned with yourself. An extremely powerful and effective way to get ahead is to let go of your obsession with getting ahead.

You cannot really, truly get ahead by pushing others back, though a whole lot of people certainly are consumed with trying. Yes, there are countless ways for you to gain advantage over others. But what you gain will eventually end up being no real advantage at all when it comes to the fulfillment of your deepest, most authentic purposes.

You are a part of life, not apart from the rest of life. The value you give to others gives great value to your own life as well. When you raise up other people, and all of life for that matter, you cannot help but raise yourself up too. Every time you seek to hurt others, you end up being hurt even more.

That doesn’t mean you have to live your life as a perpetual chump, always letting others take advantage of you. Nor does it mean you must live as a self-righteous do-gooder. What it does mean is something far more positive and powerful. What is means is that the best way to live is to authentically live beyond yourself. The best life you can experience is a life that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the world.

That also doesn’t mean you must do without, or live in self-imposed poverty. What it does mean is that the only way to be truly fulfilled by your own prosperity is by willingly and joyfully including many others in that prosperity.

Somewhere within you is a deep-seated desire to connect in richly meaningful ways with other people. Somewhere within you is a deep-seated desire to really, truly matter, to make a difference in life.

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--Ralph Marston

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