Trigger 1

We all encounter it in our personal lives.  We’ll come across a scene of apparent hardship or personal anguish. The question is, “Do we react or look away?”

Our reaction may be to look away for a variety of valid reasons. Perhaps we’ve been scammed by one of so many clever scoundrels who willingly sell their personal dignity for a few coins. Perhaps we fear the scene may be a dangerous set up of a street gang to attack a well-meaning bystander. Our reaction in a particular circumstance is not important here.

What is important is whether the scene we encounter affects us as human beings. If such an encounter produces no spark of compassion, then you have already been lost to the dark side. But if such a scene tugs at your heartstrings- whether the scene real or counterfeit, then, we believe we have something that will bring great satisfaction while you experience your daily routine.

There is a rather popular, if cynical cliché: “No good deed goes unpunished!”  The saying has to do with somone who has done a good deed and then found it was unappreciated or was performed in response to false pretence. When this occurs, the result is placed at the feet of the beneficiary.

There is quite simply no better candy for one’s soul than to have performed a kindness for someone, no matter what the outcome.  Even if the kindness is a convincing fabrication of a clever scoundrel.  Nothing can build one’s self-worth and esteem more than a selfless act of kindness. The kindness is associated with the giver . . . not the receiver. Perhaps, the only change necessary is in choosing the circumstance and conditions of the kindness you give. By doing so, you are not likely to be wasting that kindness on someone  who does not deserve it.

Philo-Timo is a mode of behavior that was discovered thousands of years ago. Behavior that will bring about a sense of fulfillment and meaning.  We ask you to join with us in acts of kindness and mercy.

 

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About the Background
Irony was captured in this photo on Oct 20, 2010, as the subject patiently kneels at the base of the Gallerie dell' Accademia in Venice, where priceless artifacts are viewed by hundreds of thousands.