Do you advocate for people? Do you help others find success even when there is nothing for you to gain from helping? How often do you open a door for someone just to open it? Do you passively or actively look for ways to help someone?
Many people feel like they will help others, oftentimes they will provide acts of service that can help someone in a time of need. I question how many of us will truly open doors for the success of another. We find great satisfaction in the moments of help and service, mowing lawns, helping someone move, feeding a family in a time of need, etc..
There is an old saying often attributed to Confucius that says,
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I would argue that the same concept holds true in helping others. If we serve them in ways that will open doors and help create a successful future then we are performing a greater act of service than we could ever do by the traditional acts of service such as making a dinner for the sick. While these acts are wonderful and oftentimes needed, how many of us can truly help change someones life through service? How many of us confuse a random act of kindness for that of service?
We all know people, we can all open doors for others. The only question that remains is are we willing?
We are each a work in progress. Our futures are determined by the quality of the products with which we build our lives. I see all to often the heartache that comes from allowing inferior building blocks to be used in the construction of our lives. While this world spirals out of control with an eat drink and be merry attitude we are reaping the outcome of such behavior and the resulting inferior product which could be achieved.
This attitude creates a dynamic within ourselves that destroys our own futures as we fill our minds with a false methodology for happiness and success. Success and happiness cannot be realized with this mantra. Any structure built to last will have undoubtedly utilize the highest quality materials. If we built structures with and eat drink and be merry attitude, the structures would fail as they would be rapidly built with sub par products and poor craftsmanship. We are doing this to our own lives as we look no further to the future than today.
As we put into our lives, quality products from education, morals, character and discipline, with a focus on building something that will stand the test of time, we will surely find more happiness, peace and joy. The strength that comes from the quality we value in our lives will chase away the inferior design and building which society is currently prone to accept as the norm.
More and more lives will continue to degenerate as we continue to use corrupt, weak and worthless materials to build our own futures. Those whom survive and remain standing will either build originally with the aforementioned quality, or will undergo a total renovation, often painful, of their lives to replace the corrupt principles with ones we are each worthy to possess.