Why Go The Extra Mile?
Guest Post by Dick Warn
The first thought we need to think about is the absolute fact that nobody is anything all of the time. In spite of our best intentions, we all have off days. What’s truly important is what we choose to do most of the time. In typical gatherings of people there are unreasonable takers, unreasonable givers, and those who believe in win-win.
Unreasonable takers go through their life with a “me-first” mentality. They leap to the front of lines, refuse to hold doors open, and at the end of each day they settle in with low-level discontent. Their discontent is a Karmic thing. What goes around comes around. What we do to another we have done to ourselves. This absolute reality is a very large pill for takers to swallow. Most of them have never even considered giving.
On the other side of the equation we can find unreasonable givers. These people bend over backward to cover someone’s mistakes, help them hide from reality and occasionally pay their debts. When we do for another something that they could do (and should do) for themselves, we limit their growth. Over-protective parents are guilty of this.
The best way to go through life is by working to build and maintain win-win relationships. Why? That’s simple. The quality of our life depends on the quality of our relationships – at home, work, and everywhere else. A happy life does not come from what we have, but from who we are willing to become.
What might we have to give? The most impactful items we can ever give are a smile and words of encouragement. People who have learned to do this soon discover that lives can be altered and blessed in an instant.
Why go the extra mile? Because of how it makes us feel – helpful, constructive, and needed. This enables us to inspire others by playing win-win.
Dick Warn is the author of The Miracle Minute, a weekly email sent free to readers around the world. www.TheMiracleMinute.com His latest book, Mystical Mentor can be previewed at www.MysticalMentor.com