“When you have done something good, you have started ripples which are spreading and you will be surprised how far they will go.”
How often do you do something, for someone, without expecting in return? How often do we think of creating good will. For most, the joy of giving comes primarily for the acclaim they get; For others, the pleasure is solely in knowing that they made life happier for someone else.One of the mysteries of life is, that our most valuable possessions are those things that can be shared without lessening them. Least valuable are those things that get diminished by being shared. We must remember that is in only in giving that we receive and in serving that we are remembered. Service is the only rent we can pay for the space we occupy, while we are here in this earth. Silent recognition and remembrance of our services are the dividends we receive for our investments in our “Good Will Bank”.
If we make a habit of doing something nice each day and making someone happy in someway or the other, we will be surprised how quickly it can enrich and change our life. It does not have to be something big. The important thing is that we are doing it for the joy of doing, the pleasure of giving-not for something in return. We are thus building up assets in our “Good Will Bank”.
Let us not forget that one of the greatest blessings of life is, that we are called upon to live one day at a time. To be successful in our efforts towards, creating good will, we must harness our heart with love, understanding and kindness and direct out entire effort towards achieving this goal with a sincerity of purpose. There is no preparation, nothing predetermined for starting an account with the Good Will Bank. Besides these investments are safe because this Bank never fails.
As opposed to this outlook on life, there are people who are constantly finding faults in others and always carry grudges and complaints in their hearts. Such people remain unhappy themselves and make others unhappy too. Their deposits go in a “Grudge Bank”, and can only bring them misery, ill-will and loneliness.
There is nothing worse for a mans character that to harbor grievance. It eats in to you and the only person that suffers from a grievance is the one that is fool enough to feel it. Such people, end up growing old without having any real friends and well wishers.
“Think about how you feel when someone says nice things about you, about your personality, your intelligence and so spotted your virtues. You can make others around you feel nice as well- It does not take much effort. Just a will to do good.”
When was the last time you did something without expecting anything in return? How rich is your Good Will Bank? Do you have any suggestions on how we can all increase our Good Will Deposits? Please share in the comments.
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