Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sometimes Greed is Good--Very, Very Good!

"A wise [person] will make more opportunities than [they] find." Sir Francis Bacon

Greed has had a bad rap. Oh sure, most of the time, greed is not a good thing, but sometimes it's not only a good thing; it's the best thing. Here are a couple of ways to put greed at the top of your 'to do' list:
  • Give greedily. The universe always returns to you as you give. So, make a great game of it. Give whenever you have the opportunity, even if it's just a dime or a moment of time. But do it consistently. See if you can out-give the universe. I'm telling you upfront. It will be hard to win this one. Play it anyway and watch how much comes back to you. Again, do it with relish. Do it greedily.
  • Love greedily. Most of the time, you withhold most of your compassion. Here's a chance to really let it flow. Be as caring as you can possibly be. Compassion simply means to do the least harm and the most good. Keep from doing anything that might be harmful. And do as much as you can to serve others. You'll be blessed even more than will those whom you serve.
  • Learn greedily. Here's a real challenge for you: Accept the fact that no matter what you think you know, you have only scratched the surface. Take this opportunity to dig into subjects that interest you, but this time, search out the details. Become an expert. Then, use that new expertise to help others, teach others, serve others. 
When you commit to greedy giving, greedy loving, and greedy learning, expect a major return on your investment. It will come in many forms, but it will especially come in the form a changed heart and a changed mind. You will discover just how abundant this world--this universe--is. In fact, you'll be so stunned and amazed at what happens to you, you'll want to turn right around and start the game all over again.

Let's play!

"Don't worry that you'll take a shot and miss. The fact is, you'll miss every shot you don't take." (Attrib.)

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