Monday, July 13, 2015

Competition And Compassion + Motivating Monday

I actually took my advice from last Motivating Monday. (What? You thought I just spout off and don't follow my own advice? Nah, baby nah!) I picked myself back up and started again, and guess what? It worked! I'm back on track. In life, in goals, and in relationships as well. I'm saying, wow, that was a good self-talk. If no one else was helped, at least I'm verbalizing what helps me and then to actually follow up? I must be heading into a zen-like existence or something! (Keep on dreaming!)
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This is a goal-oriented society--From driving the fastest on the freeway, to having the healthiest body, to making the most money. I get it. Achieving certain ideological goals can actually be a measure of our self-worth! Give yourself a pat on the back if you're not competitive to a fault. Meaning, you don't furtively seeth when someone else does better than you. You don't vow then and there to top them, come hell or high water! That has been the American way for years. The spirit of competition and capitalism. I'm not saying it's bad. 

It's just that there has got to be some measure of humanity in the same person who competes to win. "When success in reaching goals comes at the expense of disregarding, ignoring, or hurting others, the cost of that success may be too precious"  --D. Uchtdorf

That's why I love GoFundMe and other charitable causes. It helps people to step outside of themselves for a minute and actually empathize with someone who is going through tough times, walking in their shoes for a moment. Then they can actually take action by donating. I like the fact that it doesn't have to be very much. But the action alone is very therapeutic. 

There are so many other ways to help your fellow man or woman. Volunteering is a huge commitment of time, but what better way to contribute to the greater good and forget about numero uno for awhile? It is said that when you lose yourself in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God!

Some of us just don't have the time or the money right now to do much. If, in our hearts, we can say, 'I'm not able to do much now, but if I could, I would', I think that's enough. There is always the kind word, helping hand, friendly smile, or listening ear.

So let's get out there and achieve our goals but in the doing, remember that there are others that need us--just like we will need others someday too. We're all in this together! 
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Today is Motivating Monday!  We all need a little motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating, mostly non-sponsored posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find a great one, I'll link it up and share it with you here and on Twitter via the #MotivatingMonday hashtag!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!
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23 comments:

Christy Maurer said...

I do think we all tend to think too much about our own needs. We need to step back and look at how much we have compared to the rest of the world. And you're right, giving doesn't always have to be monetary.

Masshole Mommy said...

We volunteer with the kids a few times a year. It helps the community and it's a great thing to teach them when they're young.

Jeannette said...

I'm so glad you got back on track and you've got some great points here! And honestly it's amazing how much helping others can motivate you and make you appreciate your own life!

Sandy KS said...

I love to give and help out as much as I can. I can't do much money wise. However, I can do with my time and energy. Plus give many of things to people who can use them.

Emily Reviews said...

I definitely think its important to balance giving (financially) and helping physically. I definitely get a stronger emotional reaction when I help out in person by volunteering than I do just giving money. IT's nice to see the real people you're helping instead of just signing a check.

tiarastantrums said...

I'm at my limit with volunteering - i cant' say yes to anything else. My husband has forbid me - I have a problem! I can't say no ever

Nina Say said...

Thank you for always being here to motivate us. It really does help, even though we've never met face to face.

Alli Smith said...

I've always tried to teach my kids to put others first. We do live in a society of me, me, me, but it's so important to think of others' needs first.

Chris G said...

Our family likes to volunteer as much as we can. It really makes the kids feel good when they do.

mykidsguide said...

My family loves to give help whenever we can. Not in terms of money, though, but we like to volunteer most of the time.

Lynndee said...

It feels good to give and know that you've helped others who are in need. We love to donate and volunteer as much as we can.

Jeanine said...

I volunteer quite often, and my kids love to tag along and help too. It's heartwarming to see them enjoy it just as much as I do, plus helping others.... priceless!

Shaney Vijendranath said...

You know I've been so spoilt recently..it made me think how I need to give back to the community! I just recently donated a bag of my daughter clothes to charity. After pregnancy I definitely want to volunteer.

Cher said...

I'm all about giving back. I've had times in my life when I volunteered 50 hours a week. Right now we're traveling a lot, so I'm not doing any volunteer work ... but I do still contribute financially as much as I can.

CourtneyLynne said...

I love giving back and helping others! Before my daughter was born I use to volunteer at the humain society and walk the dogs :)

Autumn Blues Reviews said...

Very motivating. We try to give back to the community. Delivering for meals and wheels and things like that.

Lauren Richardson said...

What an awesome post! I totally needed this today! I love the idea of giving back to the community!Thanks for sharing!

A GAL NEEDS said...

And this is why I love being in such a great community with such awesome people. It's good to know that we all give a little bit and together we can do great things!Thanks so much for all of your comments!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

We need to share our blessings with others. It is heartwarming to be able to reach out to those in need. Money is not always what they need, sometimes, it is more of your time, your support, and a good pat on the back to uplift those tired spirits.

Christy Garrett said...

I love being able to give back. I do my share of volunteer work. It is so rewarding. I and so make sure I give back in the blogging world too. People helped me so I like to share. :)

Erin said...

Give back is one of my favorite things! Anyway that I can help others makes me happy!

Krystal Butherus said...

I need to share more of my story on my blog. I need to volunteer more since it is a great way to show your family good habits.

Fariha N. said...

It's easy to get caught up in ourselves. It's important to step back and look at the struggles that others are going through.