Life’s a lot like floating down a lazy river.
You can kind of control where you’re going, but for the most part, the current pulls you along. And it seems like you keep bumping into the same people over and over again.
I don’t understand a lot about life, but I do sense it’s a journey of sorts; one that we don’t do alone, but with all the other living creatures on this planet.
So don’t be the smelly, loud, jerk on the crowded subway train yelling at everyone. It behooves us to become the best people we can be.
Bettering yourself increases your inner flame. And God knows the world needs more of His light to shine into the dark areas of this world.
Here are 10 ways to become a better person:
1. Keep things simple.
Simplicity in all things is best.
Thoreau advocated all this two hundred years ago. And before him, there was Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and lots of other philosophies and religions that advocated minimalism.
I realize keeping things simple is not easy in this world. But too many things enslave us, be they thoughts, worries, or material possessions. We can’t do everything, or have everything, all at once.
2. Remember that we’re all in this together.
I believe there are many different paths to lead us to the light. What path resonates with you might totally seem foreign to another. Yet, all true spiritual paths meet in the middle.
No matter what your personal spiritual beliefs are, we are all from the same source. I have never understood why we human beings spend so much time fighting about who has the right idea how to get to the light.
We’re all brothers and sisters of the same higher power that created all of us.
3. Focus on what you are for.
Much of today’s causes are focused on what we’re against. That’s the equivalent of speaking in ‘you’s and we’s.”
A better strategy is to speak in “I’s” and “me’s.” Focus on what you are for, not what you are against.
Shine God’s light and love rather than approaching the world with condemnation and judgment.
4. Focus on finding and growing your inner light.
We are all mirrors that reflect God’s light. Unfortunately, we can’t reflect this light unless our mirror is clean.
How does one clean their mirror: by being physically, psychologically (emotionally and mentally), and spiritually healthy.
5. Realize that this is not our party.
This is God’s party. We’re privileged enough to be here. Let’s do things to make God’s world a better place. Let’s work to be a living tribute to God.
6. Don’t do it alone.
You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship or married, but do life together with others in groups. Seek like minded people as your support team and who are working to transform themselves, just as you are.
7. Pass the baton.
Invest in the next generation. Be a role model for children and those younger than you.
8. Recognize that we are a salad, not a soup.
We are all diverse and different, be it in thought, our generation, our ethnicity, our culture, or our personality. Who would want to live in a world where everyone looks and thinks the same?
Picture being surrounded in a world where everyone acted and looked just like you. Chances are, you would find that you drive yourself crazy.
9. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Don’t allow politics, drama, or secondary issues to divide us. In one hundred years, do you think anyone will think the battles we rage on Facebook with each other even matter?
10. Count the change.
Make an effort everyday to better yourself and your world. An effective and successful life is one measured by how much personal and community transformation you’ve done in your time here.