“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway…
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa
Good health begins at the simplest level. Simple acts of charity can provide an inner peace that is a short-term effort with long-term gains including health benefits. It is not necessary to right global injustice or solve world hunger to have a beneficial impact in your life.
When we insult our bodies chemistry with negative actions we slowly chip away at the healthy fabric that binds our cells and keeps us in gentle positive flow. Conversely when we truly are engaged in sincere, unconditional acts of kindness, no matter how small, we heal the wounds of our negative practices.
A kind word spoken with sincerity, without the expectation of anything in return, is s small step that can yield significant results. Tackling the wasted effort of getting even or getting what we feel we deserve often requires a more difficult effort and has the consequence of raising blood pressure. Listen more; truly listen even when no words are spoken. Advocate true peace with honest, fair, effort inspiring sincere happiness. “You are so resourceful, I know you can solve that problem”. Tiny seeds can turn into huge, wonderful plants in life’s garden, if not neglected, but nurtured and treated healthfully. Those seeds, simple good deeds, the art and craft of giving, can yield an abundant return. Imagine sharing them with our family and friends! No one should be friendless or seem to feel friendless. Simple little acts of kindness like throwing a blanket on a person who has fallen asleep on the couch or acknowledging someone’s great parking job are those seeds of “giving simple.“
It was found that depressed people improved when they took time each day to recount one thing they were thankful for, no matter how small. Take inventory of the things you are grateful for and reflect on simple things like having another person to share a meal with or being able to occasionally sleep in or just going to bed early. Nag less, encourage and smile more! Do I treat the people I love with respect, dignity and absolute unrestricted love?
It is not easy to accept that we have a loving relationship even with those we find oppositional. Walk this path of better health each day with the knowledge that you will be walking it the rest of your life! Love never fails.