Saturday, March 13, 2010
This is a story that a co-worker told me from a church service he went to last weekend.
A pastor went to a conference in the bible belt and when it was his turn to speak, he said: "40,000 people died of starvation today and you people don't give a shit". The conference drew in its collective breath and sat there slack-jawed. He said: "I'll say it again, 40,000 people died of starvation today and you people don't give a shit.". There was rumbling in the crowd, and he looked at them, and pointed out what I think is the difference between happy, pretty, right-wing, Fox-News watching "Christianity" and the kind of Christianity I want to believe in.
He said, (and I paraphrase): "Which part of that sentence really bothered you?"
- because for many, it was the "curse" word, and in fact there's nothing really wrong with that word. We get so pissed off at politicians and people we work with, and that @$$hole who scratched our car. These little things that maybe, if we had a little perspective, we would brush aside, focusing our anger on real injustice or real pain, then maybe be moved to throw a couple of bucks toward folks who need it.
Whatever you believe, its a good message.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Being nice is something that we should embrace, not just because we want something out of it, but because it just makes us a more fulfilled person inside.
If you consistently portray a nice personality, people are going to remember you for it, especially in a very competitive world. It’s hard to get past that initial fear of lending your hand out there, but if you’re willing to do so, not only will you be able to feel happier, but you’ll influence others in a positive way in which they may one day lend a hand back to you.
Like Jay Leno says, “Life is not that hard. Try giving a little. You would be surprised at how much you get back.”