ABC’s of the Redemptive Alphabet
In so many ways, each of us gets caught up in the hectic, decision-laden and stressful aspects of that 24-hour experience called Life. And then, we “Rinse and Repeat”. We juggle multiple priorities and tasks, we are required to make numerous decisions (some as a result of technology) and we allow ourselves to be distracted, agitated and stressed by far too many things. As much as we are each unique in the eyes of God, we are patently similar in this regard.
The solution to this dilemma, this seemingly never-ending maze of confusion, frustration and bombardment of information by the outside world; is amazingly simple, if only we internalize it, focus on it and most importantly, apply it as we navigate the oft-time rough seas of daily life.
That solution I call the “ABC’s of the Redemptive Alphabet” and it goes something like this:
- [A] Altruism – The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.
- [B] Benevolence – Desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one’s fellow creatures.
- [C] Compassion – Feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Most importantly, the common thread or vein running through these synergistic behaviors is a focus on others. I’ve found this path to be, against all temptations, the most surefire and effective method of personal development. At first glance it appears to be counter-intuitive, however, after some deep reflection about it, hopefully it will become obvious that the essence of focusing on others, in addition to actually becoming aware of their needs, strengths and behaviors, is to become aware of your own unique and special digestion, processing and reaction to them. In short, the recognition, awareness and acceptance of your core values, ideas and beliefs.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” – Mahatma Gandhi
Paradoxically, it is only by paying attention to others, that we learn about ourselves and also about humility and servant leadership. And oh, what enormously powerful knowledge that self-awareness truly is! Many people spend a lifetime attempting to learn who they are, or at a minimum, simply learning how important it is to know yourself. Once armed with that sacred knowledge, we can effectively align our thoughts, ideas, reactions and behaviors toward living a focused and disciplined life, ultimately realizing our true calling, spirit, nature and authenticity.
For those that haven’t yet begun or are in the midst of that journey, there is no time like the present to embark on it.
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Christopher Columbus
Godspeed and health to you on your Journey…
- Illustrated Alphabets (happinessisblog.com)
- ABC What I Can Be! Personalized Book For Kids (Giveaway) (5minutesformom.com)
Posted on December 4, 2012, in General, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged altruism, benevolence, Christopher Columbus, compassion, gandhi, Helping, humility, Jesus Christ, Pay It Forward, redemption, Self Awareness, servant leadership. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.