Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales was a popular member of the British royal family and international personality of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981. Diana also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
The fastest path to being disappointed is through my expectations of me and you. Whenever I set myself up to believe that either you or I “should” do something, I am headed for trouble. I keep learning the hard way to be unconditional in my giving as well as in my expecting something in return. I am much further along in my capacity to give with no expectation of getting.
In my active addiction my entire life was predicated on quid pro quo; I do for you, you MUST do for me or OWE me. If not, you would pay! In my recovery and work as a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor, I have learned and share with others the notion and action of doing for others unconditionally and knowing that I benefit by having no expectations. The act of selflessness is a spiritual axiom.
My life is dedicated to performing random acts of kindness every chance I get. I never know when the opportunity will be presented so I have my antennae out and tuned in. I carry food in my car so I can give people on exit ramps something to eat, have Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coupons, fast food 2 for 1 coupons and a phone list of where to call for assistance.
Some random acts of kindness include listening, door opening, smiling, giving a lift, tutoring, feeding, providing a shower, pumping gas for an elderly person, helping feed a person who cannot feed themselves, feed a stray animal, clean your neighborhood, compliment someone at least once a day, volunteer, visit or call a sick person, give blood, tell your children you love them, tell your parents you love them, give an enhanced tip for good service, give someone an hour off just because, pay the toll for the person behind you, bring gently used toys to a children’s shelter, read to a blind person, visit a former teacher and thank them for the guidance they gave you, and make your own list of random acts.
I guess the point is that I can wait for others to do what I think they should or I can decide that I want to change the world and get out there and change it. My unconditional willingness and faith in the power I have to enhance life has changed me in ways I cannot describe and have made my world a better place for me and the people I meet daily.
My prayer for you today is that you will let your expectations rest and your willingness soar to make your world a better place for us all.
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