Value-Added Life

“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.” ~ Sir William Osler …

Taking from life is easy; but doing so will bring us no lasting happiness. That is because our journey in life is intended to be a selfless endeavor. And when we make adding positively to the lives of others our first priority, this truth becomes clearly evident to us through the happiness, fulfillment, and purpose we attain in return.

The richness of this world is directly affected by our contributions to it–positive contributions add constructive value to the grandeur of this world, whereas negative ones selfishly tear down the richness around us. It is easy to see which of these two adds value and purpose in life, and thereby adds meaning to our existence. That is because we are not called to be selfish beings. We might feel that we are doing enough simply by doing our jobs, getting our paychecks, and then spending our money. We might even expect others to serve us simply because we have money and paid it forth. But this view of life only serves to diminish us and the spiritual beings that we are; it diminishes our eternal souls who are simply in this body for a limited amount of time in order to contribute to the world, not take from it.

We all have within us the ability to make the world a brighter and richer place. The real question then becomes, “Do we?” Do we give our best at work and in life, being good role models to our children and those around us? Do we use our creative talents and abilities when the opportunities present themselves? Do we encourage others to be the best they can without qualifying it based on our expectations? Do we give sincere compliments to others, even for simple, seemingly insignificant things? Do we take care of our bodies, spirits, and minds?

Spread encouragement, love, compassion, compliments, and anything else that you can think of that can make this world a brighter place. Do not make yourself poorer than you must be.

Add positively to the lives of those around you.

Questions to consider:

In what ways do you enrich your own life and spirit? The lives of those around you?

What opportunities do you have today to enrich the world around you?

Why might we neglect such opportunities? How can we develop our ability to actualize these opportunities.

For further thought:

“God did not add another day in your life because you needed it; He added it because someone out there needs you.” ~ Unknown

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