We live in a world where many people are self-centred, consumed by selfish ambition and filled with disdain towards others. They do things merely because of what they might gain rather than out of the goodness of their hearts. This is evident in almost all aspects of life. Schools are set up for profit rather than for the primary purpose of educating, people get into relationships thinking about what they can get rather than what they can give and people do charity to get recognition for their “good works” rather than doing it for the sole purpose of uplifting human kind.
Don’t get me wrong,I think people ought to be rewarded for their benevolent acts but doing such acts for the purpose of being rewarded should not be their goal. Too often there is a thin line between what we do out of genuine kindness and what we do selfishly; the lines are so blurred that you almost can’t tell difference.
On the flip-side , there are persons who genuinely set out to serve others. They don’t seek praise nor commendation. Neither do they seek the accolades that this world has to offer. The only seek to see how they can contribute to the human race through selfless service; to see how their lives can impact another for the better. We all should aim to be like these individuals.
To achieve this, before we set out to do anything we must examine our motives; we must know why are doing it. Let us try our best to do good deeds not to benefit ourselves but instead for the benefit of others. The gratification gained from making someone’s life better by a selfless act of kindness is worth more than any prize or honour this world could ever offer.
“It’s not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
― Leo Buscaglia