In this lifetime, I have been constantly tested but hadn’t yet realized it until about the age of 22 (10years ago), when I would fail most, if not all, of the lessons life had presented before me. Even after coming out of the darkness of a self-indulgent, heroin/meth-fueled life of escapism and into a sober life of self-awareness and living for others, I still find myself being tested.
But being aware that any resentments, regrets, feelings of self-doubt, or whatever, is a test in how I go about the issue, is a tremendous help in leading me to make the right choice, forgiving myself and others who’ve harmed me, and not holding onto any of the negative feelings a situation has created. Knowing that these tests are nothing but life lessons gives my life more meaning and purpose, which creates a genuine feeling of happiness within.
I’ve learned that living a hedonistic life has no real meaning or purpose. But living a life of mindfulness and living for others will give a purpose to your life and a long-lasting sense of gratification, as well as true happiness within.
Even if one doesn’t believe to be living a hedonistic life and does whatever they can to provide for their family, the moment they need to take social (now, global) responsibility, they tend to walk away. We make ourselves so busy now in our lives that we don’t or can’t look beyond our own problems. How can we see another human suffering with our heads down, sucked into our little world inside our phones?
What most people don’t realize is that there are tens of thousands of people who can’t afford to fend for their family and get the basic amenities of life. We need always remember that there are others who have far more serious issues than what we face in our life.
You don’t need to dedicate your entire life to helping others. It can just be as simple as handing out a few cents to a homeless person on the highway, or putting your shopping carts up in the proper places at the store. What a lot of people don’t realize is that most departments stores don’t have anyone to hire for that specific job of collecting carts. So they have to get someone from another section in the store to run out and grab carts while their section remains empty. So when you’re at the store and you can’t find anyone to help you find what you’re looking for, where do you think they are? They’re probably out grabbing stranded carts in the parking lot, just remember that.
Helping one person may not change the whole world, but it could change the world for that person. Realize there are others with far more issues than your own. We are all in this together, but we live in a world that has been infiltrated by others who are after breaking our human connection. And this enemy will not be defeated unless all regain our connection to each other. This is a global issue that makes your tiny, day-to-day problems nonexistent.