Show You Care – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 70

Show You Care

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John Maxwell

Today has been an interesting day, to say the least.  I guess it started early yesterday morning when my laptop decided to go on the fritz on me (again.)  I found out today that it’s quite possibly the mother board.  Good grief.  It was a scramble to make sure I could still use my desktop, and thankfully it’s still usable.

I first heard the above quote a few years ago, and for me, today this really rang true.  I had one appointment that completely fell through, and I’ve decided to love them and leave them.  It’s not the right time, right fit, whatever it may be.  On the flip side, I got reacquainted with a friend and we talked for quite a bit.  Turns out we have a lot of parallels, and after explaining a situation, I let her know I may be able to help.  

When you truly take the focus off yourself and put it back on the other person, it’s amazing how that makes you feel.  Think about it…when was the last unselfish thing you’ve done for someone without expecting anything in return?  When did you simply listen with an open heart and just be there for someone else?  Better yet, remember a time in your life when someone did an unselfish act for YOU?!?!?  How did it make you feel?  Why not turn around and give someone else that same feeling?

What will come of the conversation?  I’m not sure.  But knowing that someone is going through something I experienced and knowing how they are feeling right now was all that was on my mind.  If I could help ease the pain, I will do what I can.  Regardless of the outcome, I offered help, and in many cases, that’s just enough.

On Being Selfless – 100 Day Blog Challenge Day 13

Performing Selfless Acts

One of the things I like to do is post quotes on my social media accounts.  It’s my way of sharing wisdom, knowledge or just to make someone’s day.  I don’t do it for notoriety or any bells and whistles.  I believe we all have a duty to do good and be unselfish.

One of the quotes I posted today was: 

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino  

This one had the hairs on my head stand up and got me thinking (which can sometimes be a bad thing.)  How many of us really do good for and by others without expecting anything in return.  I’ve had to think about this lately based on the actions of others.  Some I encounter have that genuine do-good attitude and it always shows.  Some, however, put on a good show for some people, but reveal their true colors with other people.

Why the show?  Why not be true to who you are?  The truth is always enough because in the end, if you are not genuine, it will come out.  When it does, others will not appreciate the deception.

Be true to others.  Be selfless.  Help someone in need.  Extend a hand.  Do these things without the expectation of something in return.  It really is a great feeling to help others.  It comes back two-fold.  But then again, when you are deceptive, that comes back even worse.  So, be true with your intentions.  You never know when it will come back to you.