It doesn’t have to be Christmas to get your spiritual ‘game’ on.
Doing for others, paying it forward can be a daily practice and is for many. But random acts of kindness are just the outward manifestation of showing a belief in the good and value of others. An act of faith that there for the grace of God go any one of us needing spiritual along with material comfort.
Embracing our commonality, whether here or somewhere else on the planet, keeps our hearts in the right place to respond with a ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ mindset in our interactions. It doesn’t have to be some stranger in lesser circumstances. It can be a coworker or neighbor going through personal challenges, someone in a checkout line or locked out of their car in need of assistance. When we tune in to others’ needs with an attitude of giving and openness, we create a climate of gratitude and an expectation of receiving kindness in place of adversity or indifference.
When you extrapolate your one act of kindness by the number of times in a day that you pay it forward, then multiply you by all the people you know who do the same or have been blessed by your kindness and will most likely be moved to pass it on, then it’s easier to see how kindness and paying it forward could become a global mindset, a global movement. All it takes is giving up.
Giving up the idea of being favored above others – for any reason. Giving up feeling or being entitled to more than others – again, for any reason. Giving up on expecting ‘front of the line’ treatment for any reason (other than legitimately earning it). Giving up on getting more than what you’ve earned a right to have. Leveling the global playing field by choosing to accept your commonality with others.
We all vary by degrees in our acceptance of others even when all things are somewhat equal. Our challenge is to acknowledge the cost to us as a global community when we falsely believe in our superiority over others. That ‘line in the sand’ is what creates much of the misery in others’ lives and is not something we should continue to accept and foster.
Those who feel entitled do so at the expense of others, and it’s costing us our humanity.
So, no matter what your religion or belief, in this Christmas season and all our seasons, remember that ‘spiritual is as spiritual does’. Those who pay it forward believe in the worth of others and are the hope of our global community.
Be the hope. Let’s all celebrate our sameness and grow the power therein.