When I get to witness how others feel when they receive an act of kindness, I am in awe at the power of that action. This is especially true when it is random or unexpected.
For me, I know the good in me trumps all the bad or heaviness that may be there when I think, speak and act in service or for another’s benefit. I found a stray dog on the road last week. Sophie was not familiar in the neighborhood and clearly a little lost. It took a little coaxing, but she came to me and I got the number of Sophie’s home off her dog tag. When the owners answered, they had not realized she got out. I took Sophie back – just a few blocks away – and there was a very sweet reunion. The family had just moved into the area. It was so simple. It was only a few moments of my day. But others walked or drove by without thinking, without calling, and none took Sophie home.
Why don’t more people wake up and pay attention to what an animal, another person, a community, or our planet needs? More importantly, why don’t more people speak and act to make things right? With the number of natural and man-made disasters we are experiencing increasing, like the latest mega-quake in Japan where nuclear reactors are at risk of melting down, we ALL better get into action! But, it is not just the mega-quakes that need our attention.
Every day now, I try to practice thoughts, words and actions of goodwill. Less I be arrogant about it, I want to share with you that I am rarely the one selecting how my goodwill is applied. Those needing my brand of goodwill show up in honest and open need. They may or may not receive my kindness or benevolence, but that is not the point of goodwill. I’ve learned not to expect one thing in return for the attention paid to others’ needs. My reward has been heartfelt and loving acts returned or brought to me in my time of need. I feel… I AM so grateful. Goodwill is creating the world I want to live in.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Much like what one of my other fellow OHM stated, I too associated willpower with denying yourself something that you desire or want. BUT in fact it is something much more than that. Willpower means discipline, determination and inner strength. The strength to accomplish something that you may have previously thought was impossible. Gaining this strength comes from our inner moral and mental fiber.
We as a society have lost sight of our will to say NO to temptation. Character is built by our ability to learn from and deal with disappointment. Take a look at Charlie Sheen. Here is someone who seems to have it all and yet has nothing at the same time. This tragic example stems from from lack of willpower and fear of disappointment.
We are all capable of having strong willpower. It is cerebral. It has nothing to do with physical strength or size. It is mind over matter.
We often think of willpower pertaining to something physical or denying.
For me it relates to refraining from that extra scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or maybe even the second extra scoop of ice cream. Rarely do I think to associate my willpower with kindness or consciousness. Like so many others, I often forget to apply my willpower to what is really important. It saddens me how much energy is focused on the “image” in this world. Imagine, if we focused all of our willpower on compassion, kindness and love.
The power that lies within everyone one of us has the ability to change the world. Many of the most powerful human beings that ever lived were small in stature, but they all had indomitable wills.
I’m experiencing change at a rate faster than ever before. I’m pretty sure you are too. For me, it is both exciting and at times stressful. We’ve been writing about taking on the ego, being honorable and chivalry over the last couple of months. I’m very clear that the kind of change we are writing about takes great discipline and determination. But, I asked myself, what provides the steady flow of energy needed to maintain those virtues? Willpower.
I used the Universal Truths cards (available from Onionhead) and pulled out the “willpower” card. The messages that resonated with me were:
- “Only WILL makes for change. The more we are WILLing to unveil our fears, the more we discover the miracle of our full potential.” That one line answered my question in this article.
- “Observe everything, study diligently and put that knowledge to greater use.” I’m pragmatic and a get it done type, so this truth that our diligence in seeing, studying and then acting made a lot of sense. Discipline and determination are the work to see, study and act.
Once the idea that willpower is the energy that keeps everything moving sunk in for me, determination and then the discipline needed every day to change had ignited. This was a very good reminder and boost today! The message I really love in this willpower card is “willpower is wellpower, connecting us to the Source.” Everything flows from there. And that Source is limitless!
Have a good WILL day!