Self-Giving Is Self-Serving

“When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale …

This is one of those beautiful truths we come to discover in life, for not only does it enable us to give and to share with others–a necessity for each of us to become whole–but it also helps us to grow and to become stronger individuals so that we are able to live our lives more effectively. Selfless giving and service toward others effectively creates self-giving and self-serving as well! This is simply the law of attraction, a principle of life that states that we each attract to us exactly what we focus on and give forth to the world.

When we become fixated on our difficulties and problems–financial, emotional, spiritual, relationship, or any other kind–we attract more of those negative things into our lives. On the other hand, when we focus on selfless giving of ourselves to others, we create a positive attraction that draws similar positive energy into our lives. We may not see anything at first, and the results may not even be evidently clear, yet the good we put forth into the world will most certainly make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of many.

As Norman mentions, by using our energies to help others, our personal difficulties in life can be dealt with most effectively. Perhaps it is the good energies that we are putting forth attracting similar energies back to us. Or maybe it is that we have matured and grown stronger through our experiences with helping others. Or perhaps it is simply that as we help others with their difficulties, our own seem to diminish in significance and severity, leaving us with something that is completely manageable. In any case, we always seem to find that it is in our giving that we receive.

Direct as much energy as possible towards helping others with their difficulties.

Questions to consider:

How might it be difficult for us to mentally detach ourselves from our own problems?

Have you ever tried to shift focus from your own problems for a time, toward those faced by someone else, in an attempt to help them better deal with their issues? What was the outcome?

In what ways is self-giving a “personal power-releasing factor?” What does Norman mean by this?

For further thought:

“To receive more, we must give out what we receive. . . . To love is to release God’s unlimited storehouse of golden treasure. If we love we cannot help giving, and to give is to gain, and the law of love is fulfilled. Then, by giving, we set in operation the unfailing law of measure for measure. With no thought of receiving, it is impossible to avoid receiving, for the abundance you have given is returned to you in fulfillment of the law.” ~ Baird Spalding, Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East

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