In the end, doing the right thing always pays off. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes no one seems to notice. But rest assured that you will be rewarded for every single time you make the good choice. Confidence, peace and joy are yours for the taking.
“We are here on this earth to do good for others. What others are here for, I don’t know.” W.H. Auden
Well, it’s Monday morning and we have a whole new week spread out before us. I’ve said my prayers, had some great coffee, fruit and yogurt, made my to-do list and so, here I am. It was a full weekend … amazing and wonderful in so many, many ways. Challenging in some others. I did some good things, but I’ve renewed my vow (again) to stop being “Boss of the Universe” and worrying about things I couldn’t/can’t do anything about. (With me, that’s a constant battle!)
I’ve discovered that in my life, those times that I have just done something good for another person, I feel better … regardless of how they responded. In fact, if I concern myself too much with how others respond, my actions for goodness are sometimes less effective, somehow less fulfilling. The only person I can control is myself. I cannot make anyone else act a certain way. I can’t make anyone else do something good for me or the people I love, or act loving toward me or those I care about. Sometimes the good thing is to walk quietly away and let others do what they want and not worry about them. I am only responsible for my actions. Period.
Making the decision to do the right thing no matter what anyone else is doing takes away a lot of choices. But that decision also brings confidence, fulfillment, power, peace, and joy. Our continued right behavior will eventually bring good things back to us. Sowing and reaping laws always work. So today, let’s all just make the decision to do good for others no matter what. No matter how they are treating us. No matter if they acknowledge what we are doing or not. No matter if they choose to respond with goodness or not. No matter if we can see the benefits immediately or not. I guarantee the results of choosing to love others and quietly do good will ALWAYS pay off. ALWAYS! It’s a promise!
We can make this a fantastic week. For me that starts with doing right things myself and not trying to fix anyone else. “Do unto other as you would have others do unto you.” “You reap what you sow.” “Don’t give up in doing good …” “Don’t just say you love others, really love them and show it by how you treat them.” The Bible
Suzy developed Midlife Divorce Recovery as a safe refuge for people healing and surviving the overwhelm of divorce. Starting her first RADiCAL support group in 2003 she's been helping women navigate the journey of divorce ever since.