Sunday, May 15, 2011

Are you operating in ego or spirit?

"The ego needs recognition. The spirit does not need to thank itself."- Stuart Wilde

My mom used to do a lot for other people. She would do so both financially and by giving her time. To this day, I'm not sure how she did it financially. She was the sole source of income in our home, and she didn't receive assistance from anywhere else. Money was tight, but she would always find a way to give to a friend in need.

I remember asking her once how she could find a way to give even when it was tight for us. Her reply was that she was blessed to be a blessing to others and she did so because she was moved to do it. So for her, it was like second nature. She gave with no questions asked. And she also gave unselfishly. She wasn't looking for anything in return. She told me that you should give to others with no expectations.

There was no ego involved. She didn't want any recognition. She didn't ask for anything back. Too often we do for other people while keeping tabs in our minds. We do for others with the expectation that they have to give in return because of what we've done for them. We are operating then in ego and not in spirit. If we operate in spirit, we give unselfishly of our time, money, effort and become a blessing to others. When we operate in spirit, we give because it's the right thing to do, not because we are going to look for something in return from others.

Today's challenge:

Be the type of person you would want others to be toward you. Operate in spirit when you connect with others. Operating in ego results in unnecessary competition and unwillingness to compromise. Operate in spirit with no expectation of recognition, applause, or reward.

Here's hoping you live your best life,

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Saturday, May 7, 2011