Some people think harmlessness is holiness. They think the only requirement for goodness is not being bad. They take great pride in the sins they do not commit, and they are satisfied because of the harm they are not doing.
If you are looking for a happier and richer life, make a list of “what-am-I-going-to-do?” questions and get started. Try this positive approach and see how much better it works than a negative approach.
Ask yourself these four questions:
- What are you going to do this month to make you a better person? What will you do? Speak kindly to every person you meet? What are you going to do?
- What are you going to do this month to make your home happier? One person might say family prayers; others might say they would clean up their yards and make them look better. What are you going to do?
- What are you going to do this month to make your church or an organization you belong to better? People might list such things as regular attendance, inviting others, contributing more, etc. What are you going to do?
- What are you going to do this month to help your community? You could work for better recreational facilities for youth or strive for community cooperation. What are you going to do?
If you want to experience the joy and thrill of positive living, ask and answer the “what-are-you-going-to-do” questions. By the end of the year, you will experience a total change of attitude.
You may be interested in a garden. You can select a plot of ground, dig up every weed and get the plot as clean as a highway. But you never will have a garden until you get some flowers or vegetables growing there. We need to remember that the value of a rose bush is measured, not by the number of thorns it does not have, but rather by the number of roses it does have.
For some time, I had felt an impulse to bake a cake. I had never baked one, but the recipe seemed so simple that I wanted to prove to my wife how easy cooking really is. So, I took the cookbook down from the shelf and selected a recipe that suited me. I chose the proper pans and ingredients and went to work. Some three hours later, I sadly realized that baking a cake requires a wonderful talent, one that I certainly did not seem to possess.
There are many other talents. Cheerfulness is a talent. It is good to be able to write a poem, but it is better to be able to live a poem. Some people seem to have been born with a talent to be happy and to make others feel happy.
One of the finest talents is the ability to be a friend. To be able to overlook faults in others, to center into the sorrows and joys of others with a sympathetic heart and to be loyal and true no matter what happens.
When we hear the word “talent,” we usually think of the ability to play a piano, make a speech, sing a song or to be brilliant at something else. But the far more important talents are in certain qualities of character that mean so much to the people around us.
This is a great big world and there are so many ways I can spend my life. In fact, there are so many ways I would like to spend it, it is hard to know just what to do. I can spend it all just for myself.
One of the unexplainable but true mysteries of life is that you never lose what you give. No person every really begins to live until he finds something big enough to give himself to. The very best and biggest way I can invest the life I have is to give it back to others who gave it to me. In that way, I am sure to get more out of it.
It is true for all of us. What are you going to do with your life this month?