“I cannot do all the good that the worlds needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do.” Jana Stanfield
The greatest vision of myself is possible by aligning not to the highest good, but to the greatest good.
The difference is the same as playing small or reaching for the stars – the highest good is playing it safe, coloring in the lines, and doing the “best” that you can. It sounds like a good thing, but is in fact a cop-out as you walk down a well worn path that thousand before you have walked. “oh well, she is doing the best she can, with what she knows and has” kind of life. This is not the kind of life that I want to look back on when I am moving on to the next great adventure.
The Greatest Good is blazing a new trail, that will involve coloring outside the lines with color combinations that no one else has ever tried. There will be mistakes, failures, as well as mind blowing successes. It is not just a life well lived, it is a life that you lived in every second, wrung every ounce out of, that you can look back at and laugh in triumph – emphasis on the “umph”.
This is the kind of life that I want to live, and I want every women I know to live this kind of life. Reaching for the stars and helping others to see “what else is possible” kind of life. Come with me, hold my hand, and lets see what kind of life is possible when you go for the Greatest Good with Umph!
I was listening to a graduation speech and he ended the speech with this quote – which I thought was beautiful and wanted to share with everyone:
“Be good to others and be good to yourself. Be the reason that someone has hope in this world, not the reason that someone dreads it. May your noble intentions be elevated and life’s objectives be facilitated as you continue to do all that you do. May your lives be free of any worry, anxiety, hardship or pain and may peace be the core of your existence. May you honor the rights of others and others honors your’s. May you be trusted because you are truthful, praised because you are sincere and elevated because you are someone we can all look up to. May you be protected from hearts that are not humble, from tongues that are not wise and from eyes that have forgotten how to cry. Please do keep me in your thoughts — I will keep you in mine. “
“Find the good in what they said or asked. It’s always there, even if they didn’t mean for it to be there. Sherlock-ly yours, The Universe”
When someone says something that hurts, or is advice that I don’t think is good for me, basically anything that my mind and heart immediately rejects I have this process that I go through.
Sometimes it just takes a few minutes, and for the deeper things it may take a few hours, but I always look for what was true in what was said. I believe that everything someone says to me has some truth in it that I need to hear.
I have found this to be true even when someone lashes out at me because of something that they are going through. There has always been information that I needed.
I believe that I can learn from the mistakes that others make of what not to do, or how not to handle a similar crisis in my life – I don’t have to touch the fire to know it will burn – I can learn from not only my mistakes but those of others too.
So dig through the hurt and find the pearls of wisdom and reject the rest and know that if they could have said it in a better way they would have. They just didn’t know how to say it any better through their own hurt and pain.