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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A Good Person...
Are you a good person?
When you get right down to it, this is the most important
question in life.
If you are not a good person, it does not matter how many
degrees you have, it does not matter how great your martial arts skills are, it
does not matter how much money you make.
In the end, the bottom line is, are you a good person?
In my dictionary, a good person is the ones who helps
others, who go out of his way to do nice things for others, who tries their
best to protect those who can’t, who shares both his life and resources with
those around him, and most of all they are honest.
When you are honest, EVERYTHING will fall into its own
You may argue that a monk who isolates himself in the
wilderness is a really good person.
He doesn't wrong others, focuses on strengthening his
spirit, prays, and in general, does harm to none. But is this really being a
Sure the isolated monk is not harming anyone, is focused on improving
himself spiritually, and is devoted to developing a relationship with the
Creator, but is this enough to be considered a really good person?
If you look at the monk's action from another point of view,
he could be considered very selfish and narcissistic.
If the warrior is not truly a good person inside, he is
merely another narcissistic, ego driven person who is doing all that he is
doing simply to make himself feel better about whom he is.
Without service to others, he is not a true warrior.
good person is truly the cornerstone of being a true warrior. If you aren't a
good person, nothing else really matters when you get right down to it; you are
simply another self-cantered person who has martial arts as a hobby instead of
knitting or woodworking.
As I said time and time again it cost nothing to give
someone a compliment or give someone a warm smile. It cost nothing to help an
elderly lady with her bags. It cost nothing to listen to someone who needs
someone to vent to or a shoulder to cry on.
I go for early morning walks, and one of my neighbours is in
her 90's. During my walk, I take just a few seconds to take her newspaper from
the street and put it at her doorstep.
Mind you, this is a small act, but it
does enable her to get her newspaper without having to walk down 5-6 steps and
out to the street. She has no idea of who is doing this, and that doesn't
matter. It is just a simple thing that is nice to do.
You may think that this is really not "helping"
her or that it is just me trying to make myself feel good, and that there is
really no good coming from this act, but you never know.
This simple act may
prevent her from falling one morning. The smallest acts of kindness can have
ripples that you could never imagine.
You simply don't know what all of the
consequences of your actions may be, both the bad actions and the good actions.
Don't be concerned with the consequences or getting
recognition; just do your best to help make others' lives better as you go
through your day.
But then again, who knows; the law of karma is always at work.
Maybe when I am an old, my daily newspapers may mysteriously appear at my front
door step instead of under my car, in the middle of my flowers, or out in the street,
the usual places for me to pick up my papers. The bottom line is, you should do
acts such as this simply because it is the nice thing to do.
Being a truly good person is the basis for being a true
human being. I will not let another day go by that I don't do something nice
for as many people as I can.
Life is too short and too hard; do what you can to make the
lives of those who cross your path just a little better, even if all you can do
is give them a smile and treat them with respect.
To me I am a good person, regardless what others might think
of me. I know who I am and I am happy and comfortable in my own skin.
Life is only travelled once; today’s moment becomes
tomorrow’s memory. Enjoy every moment, good or bad, because the GIFT of LIFE is