The majority of us are very unselfish, always putting others first. We perform selfless acts, looking for nothing in return. But then something happens . . . which transforms the understanding of the word “selfish” to us, individually!
In all my years (I’m not that old, well kind of), I learned for the first time about being selfish last year when I had to advocate for my health. Things that existed in my life in 2012, no longer exist in 2013 . . . except me! The job which I worked hard and long hours, the religion I followed since the age of 17, the numerous committees I served, the many events I coordinated, the fair weather friends, etc . . . gone. Just like 2012.
I was so selfish, I had the time to trademark and copyright W.H.A.T.!™ with Elaine. Because I put myself first, this site was created where we can inspire and connect with new people globally. We were so selfish that we co-authored a book together and had a successful book launch event. Actually, it is a monthly pocket planner, but back to the point.
In all of this selfishness, nothing but unselfish acts were executed. Service to others is always at the forefront of everything we do. However, prioritizing is a priority! Being selfish was the priority. Now, I have more time for my children, the bond my husband and I have is stronger, my faith is renewed, and those who love or appreciate me, I have the time to love or appreciate them back.
The theme for February is about characteristics. I would never use the word selfish to describe me, but now I can say . . . I have tried it and it felt good! There should be no regrets for putting yourself first . . . once in a lifetime!
- I am selfish… (dinashoman.wordpress.com)
“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
When the word diversity is spoken, you think of people from different races, gender, class, educational level, etc. But when you hear the word unity . . . none of those things come to mind.
A garden in which all the plants are of the same shape and color lacks in beauty; it is dull and monotonous. The garden that is pleasing to the eye is one in which flowers of every color and fragrance grow side by side. It is the joyous contrast of color that gives the garden its beauty and charm. And though different, each flower is refreshed by the same rain and receives the warmth of the one sun.
Unity is necessary to existence. In the material world, all things owe their existence to unity. Attraction, harmony, and unity are the forces that hold humanity together. Unity of thought is unfulfilled if it is not translated into unity of action.
So . . . when you meet people of different races, nationalities, religions, and opinions, you should not allow those differences to become barriers to you. You should think of them as different colored flowers growing in the garden of humanity, and be glad to be among them.
So back to the affirmation for this month, what characteristics make up your powers? For me, I would have to say . . . unity.
“Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
This is the perfect month to reply to a good friend from high school who ask me when he read my blog to not discriminate against men. The quote above is my reply. We are for the progression of humankind. W.H.A.T.!™ is from a women’s perspective . . . because we are women.
Also to respond to questions about the affirmation for the month. What characteristics make up your power? Here’s an example. As Elaine and I prepare for our book launch on Feb 16th, self-publishing took on a whole new meaning. I would have to self-publish another book to explain.
All I can say is the words that best describe our character are honesty, truthfulness, and quality. Our monthly pocket planner is color, industry standard . . . black and white. The planner is spiral bound with a purple spiral for an added touch, industry standard . . .bind. The paper is top quality heavy weight, industry standard . . . not so much. The cost is low at $9.95, industry standard . . . higher.
So as we continue on through the self-publishing process, the basic foundation of our character will not sway. We may have to make some executive decisions along the way . . . but we will stay true to service to humanity, being pure and honest in all things, and always helping to inspire others.
WHAT characteristics make up your powers?
Love God with all of your mind, heart, soul and strength. Know that power comes from God. Ask God to show you how you can serve others using your powers and step back and watch opportunities appear.
Spend time in prayer. Prayer is the key to your powers. Use your keys to open doors and discover new treasures. Use your third eye to look beyond the surface to the deeper person inside you.
The third eye is your connection to God. The Third Eye is not blinded by falsehood (seeks the truth), is not of this world (discernment), and perfects our hearts.