Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Giving Will Set You Free

"It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in me, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success."
John Steinbeck

Many call it the "rat race". The symptoms are easy to spot but as a reminder for most it means a constant effort to keep up and stay ahead of their payments; an endless circle of work to pay, work to pay without really ever getting ahead. The clues of a society that is largely headed towards the "rat race" are everywhere; a credit based economy, sleep disorders, a me first approach, and the list goes on.

But what of our attitudes and not just our behaviors? A huge global economy of businesses has sprung up to help people realize getting out of the "rat race" is important. Many more businesses are dedicated to how people can do it. But here is a question; the attitude of consumption and getting ahead has resulted in a "rat race" society, so if we teach people, with some success, merely to change just the behaviours that are synonymous with the "rat race" will the fundamental attitudes of greed and consumption still exist? If we teach people to use their money properly and avoid the stresses related to money will we still have a society that is egocentric?

Sports heroes of today and our entertainment stars give us a glimpse of what we are headed for. Financially these normal people are able to remove themselves from the strains of living payment to payment yet fundamentally there remains very little growth to their attitude. These examples of successful people still seek out items that make them larger than life. They still work to keep up with the Jones.

I believe that to truly remove yourself from the daily toil and to get out of the "rat race" one needs to change the way they view the world. Your attitude towards life will dictate if you have removed yourself from the "rat race". It is all about attitude.

Surely the fastest way to changing the way you think is to practice giving. Give your time to those in need, give away part of your earnings and give with your heart. Charities around the world are looking for help and most people are seeking answers. Both can be satisfied when you embrace giving of yourself.

The "rat race" is a mentality and not a true reality. Remove yourself by giving away the things you most covet and you will be on the fast track to being happy and fulfilled.

Get out of the "rate race" physically and mentally.
Give and you shall receive.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.