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Spiritual Food

Man needs spiritual food just as he needs a properly balanced diet of physical food, and religion is the greatest of all sources from which spiritual food may be obtained.

A man’s name on a church membership roll will avail him but little unless he belongs in his own heart and puts something into his religion besides mere passive belief in its soundness, and a dollar in the collection plate now and then. Religion demands doing, not just believing.

True religion gives one humility of heart, sympathy with the unfortunate and a willingness to go the extra mile. It leads to harmony in human relationships, and fosters the principle of the Golden Rule. It strips one of vanity, self-love, excessive ambition, and over-evaluation of material things. It leads inevitably to the attainment of a labor of love, one of the more important of the twelve riches of life.

The man who truly has religion proclaims his religion through his deeds. He lives his religion in his occupation, and it comes back to him greatly multiplied, in his pay envelope, in his peace of mind, and in the harmony he finds with his daily associates.

True religion fosters and develops a positive mental attitude and a willingness to live and let live. It leads to the development of creative vision and inspires self-discipline on a noble scale.

Resources: NapoleonHill.com

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Respect

Respect is a circle not an arrow. You must give it to receive it. It is reciprocal. And, it doesn’t first have to be earned, since everyone is entitled to receive it by nature of being human. Although we may not approve of someone’s actions, their manner of dress, their choice of language, their level of education, their work ethic, their financial status, etc., they are still entitled to being treated as equal to and not less than others we may approve of or endorse. Respect is also like a mirror since it allows us to reflect on our own behavior. Unfortunately, many people fail to see that their disrespectful actions only come full circle. As the saying goes, “What goes around comes around . . . .”

Interestingly enough, the person receiving the least of our respect may be our own self. Addictions to work, money, alcohol, drugs, sex, and just about anything else can rob us of essential self-renewal time. To get more of what we already have, we become like a hamster on its toy wheel. I’ve read that a hamster can travel 8 miles per day on its wheel, but never arrive at any destination other than right where it began. Addictions drive us to repetitive behaviors and obscure other aspects of quality life such as family, friends, nature, recreation and the like that are placed on the back burner because our ego believes these “detours” in life may fail to produce more of what will feed our addiction.

Finally, by “disrespecting” others we add characteristics to our personality that may turn others off. By leaning too heavily on “what you can do for me” instead of “what I can do for you” our personal integrity is compromised. Additionally, this attitude doesn’t promote teamwork or anything greater. Rather, it promotes resentment and a loss of desire from the person on the receiving end of the demand to perform on call. Ultimately, the person who is disrespected decides to disengage and exit the situation. In the end, the Golden Rule has the best universal message. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Notice it does not say “for you” but “unto you.” If the arrow only travels in one direction it is best to make certain in the future that you do not set yourself up to be the target. Think about it. What you get by giving respect is worth more than what you get by demanding it.

Resources: NapoleonHill.com

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