Friday, March 24, 2017

Insight: Shoot for a lifetime by Lorraine Glowczak

I must admit it. I live to “save the world.”

I’m not so sure that is something I should admit. Having a “save the world” mentality might be a tad bit arrogant on my part
But, to be of service to others seems to be hardwired into most individuals. Most of us want to give and help others who meet a challenge and/or are at a disadvantage in some way. It doesn’t matter if the “others” are animals, the environment, the elderly lady next door or the children of Haiti. If the passion is there, we want - we need - to help others to feel like we are making some contribution to the greater good; to feel as if we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

In an article published in Time Magazine, it states: “Scientific research provides compelling data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness.”

So, there you have it.

There is one thing that has always stumped me, however. I’m always shocked when others make comments like, “Why does Jane Goodall work for the welfare of animals when there are starving children in the world?” (She was asked that question once.) Or -“Why are we helping people in other countries when there are people who need help in this country?”

I suppose those are valid questions that come with just as valid answers. But instead of expressing such inquiries, wouldn’t the energy be better served if one fills the void in which they see? Do something to feed those starving children or to help that person in need next door. According to the scientific research stated above, it’s possible that the individuals who asked those questions might be a little happier if they did just that - help someone in need instead of questioning those who do.

As the ancient Chinese proverb reminds us: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Shoot for a lifetime!
Lorraine Glowczak

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