If you’re willing to give to others, you’ll gain so much in return. Many people know this to be true from experience and the understanding of goodwill. But did you know that this also includes our thoughts?
There’s a wonderful, and eye-opening, movie called “Ghosts of Mississippi” that portrays the racist behaviors that existed in 1960 Mississippi and murder of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers.
When his wife, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is asked about her ability to let go of hate, she replies that she is able because her husband had taught her that hate only hurts the hater.
“Most of those you hate don’t even know it and the others don’t care.”
While dismissing hate is one form of selfless thought, others include thinking good things about those around you and sending out thoughts of kindness and comfort without any concern about your own benefit of welfare.
It’s not easy, but it’s a thing of beauty.
We don’t come into the world with negative thoughts. As children, we’re more loving and accepting. Let’s try and return to that mindset.
We all have work to do here.
Personal Challenge: How can you incorporate more selfless thoughts into your daily musings?
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