When was the last time you did a good deed or a random act of kindness? Do you consider yourself a good person? What does it mean to be a good person?
I feel as though people are misconstrued about this trait. Many may consider themselves a good person based solely on the fact that they don’t physically harm anyone, they attend church (mosque or temple) or give money and material things; I completely disagree. I have known a woman all my life — she never misses church on a Sunday, but on the other six days of the week she continuously gossips and causes distress to others. She seems to be in denial about the kind of person this makes her and believes that attending church compensates for everything she does and say. Can merely praying and attending a religious institution make you a good person? If you’re not practising the life lessons you’re taught or praying from an impure mind and a treacherous heart, then it doesn’t.
“The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” — Nishan Panwar
Being a good person is not about where you go or how much you do and give — it’s whether or not you do good for others with a pure heart and good intentions. Do you genuinely want the best for others? Do you envy or celebrate the success of others? Do you secretly wish to see people rise or fall? Do you hold the door for a stranger? Do you give up your seat to an elderly person? Does it bother your conscience when you cause distress upon someone? Do you greet the janitor with the same respect as the C.E.O? Do you have ulterior motives and trick others or are you transparent and honest? Do you smile at people, even on the inside? Do you empathise with the suffering of another? Do you practice sincere kindness and compassion, not because you have to, but because you truly want to?
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” — Saint Basil
A good person often secretly does good deeds, not to be noticed or attain credit, but for the sole purpose of helping a fellow being. Humility is an attribute of a genuinely good person. For example, they won’t go to an orphanage to give charity and publicise it for personal recognition or credit — they do it exclusively for the sake of helping another. Being a good person doesn’t mean being a saint, tolerating things you don’t want to or putting yourself last; nor does it mean being weak, a people-pleaser, a pushover, or a ‘yes’ person — it simply means being someone who think about others as much as you think about yourself.
We are all unique and portray different personalities and ways of interacting with others. Some of us may appear quiet and serious, others outgoing and upbeat; despite our demeanour, our core character should be that of a genuinely good person — do good and good will surely follow.
Do you consider yourself a good person?
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…Keep Smiling — Love, Candace