When in line, help to develop your patience by:
Thinking . . .
I’ve read that daydreaming is a form of creativity. So, wait in line and learn how to stretch your imagination.
Patience in terms of sex and love is not only admirable; it quite often can help to assure longer lasting and more fruitful results in these most important parts of our lives. The reality of life is that we must find ways to develop meaning and purpose – not hedonic pursuits that will leave us empty and unfulfilled. Rather, we must explore ourselves as honestly as we can – with the help of others – from birth onward.
The future is all we have ahead of us, and it is inherently uncertain. Dealing with these uncertainties in life is a test that is just a part of life. These uncertainties can cause anxiety, pain and suffering. I believe prayer can help – in good times and bad times.
On our ultimate journey toward Heaven on Earth we must learn to shun selfishness. But the reality is—like most things in life—the difference between selfishness and self-preservation is a matter of degree, rather than some absolute.
We are each made of mind, body and a “little piece of God” (what others might call a soul). Taking care of ourselves is a solemn duty and responsibility—in all three of these areas. At the same time, we must be aware of others and avoid selfishness, which harms others. It sounds simple and the goal is quite comprehensible.
The practice of caring for oneself, and at the same time avoiding selfishness, is not easy. But, it is critical in our quest for Heaven on Earth. My advice is to think about what you really need for self-preservation. Contemplate this concept. Pray on it. Like all the other values—whether positive or negative—it is critical to be honest with oneself and to be aware of the balance between selfishness and legitimate self-care.
This is my first in my series on the five negative values. Selfishness may appear very early in children; particularly if sibling rivalry is involved. Of course, it can and is present in all ages. But it is a negative value that must be diminished and finally eliminated for us to reach a Heaven on Earth. We must, globally, recognize this quality as a value to combat, one by one. All human entities should be engaged in this worthy quest.
Now I don’t consider it selfish to strive for success and financial rewards as long as there is a balance with the positive values such as compassion. It takes another positive value—honesty—to root out our own selfishness and turn the tide to values like justice. Selfishness is not a value that will be eradicated globally in a very quick or easy fashion. But as President Reagan said, there are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.