Today’s quote comes from Erin Majors, who says:
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
This is so true of so much in life. I am often astounded at how incredibly scared (or perhaps selfish is the right word) people are to share, especially in the business world. It’s almost as if, people are scared to give someone a helping hand because that may mean that they will lose out on the deal. How bizarre! To my mind, sharing something with someone, just makes my business just that much stronger – pretty much I guess, like the brighter light of two candles as apposed to just one. Yet many people look at me, with a really puzzled expression on their faces when I ask “How may I be of assistance to you?” Strange that don’t you think?
Then of course, you have those individuals who ‘help’ others, but only with some sort of hidden agenda, or a ‘what’s in it for me’! I must say, I really don’t get that one – because sooner or later, any deviousness will come out, and usually when you least expect it! Why does there always have to be some sort of ‘pay off’?
For me the Universe, is a really, really fun place. I have been helped along this pathway of life, many times by complete strangers. People, whose names I never even got to know and thankfully, I have been in a position to help some along the way – again often people whose names I never got to know and quite honestly it gave me a great sense of satisfaction. I was giving back you see – giving back to the Universe that has given so much to me.
Oh, don’t get me wrong – I’m not talking about people, who only have one purpose in life, and that is to get as much as they can out of somebody, whilst giving as little as they can in return! I’m not talking about the people who make a career out taking anything and everything that they can. I am not talking about the people who continually whine and moan about how badly life has treated them and how all they need is a little bit of help and then sit on their fat backsides and do nothing for themselves, whilst all around them people running around frenetically, doing everything for them!
I’m talking about empowering people to do for themselves, just like a candle – once lit – burns for itself. Sometimes people just need a helping hand to steer them in the right direction or a little advice or a word of encouragement.
So what kind of person are you? Do you give back to life or are you the person that just takes from it?