I’m very grateful for the comments posted to my last Equinox entry. They’re so thought-provoking and full of wisdom. One of them has inspired today’s entry: Freeman wrote, “we must address issues and actions from a place of selflessness and love for all involved. We should not ask ourselves ‘what is best for us?’ (for the answer to this will come unbidden), but instead, ‘what is best for all beings and the environment, including those who will be here generations after us?’”
How can we challenge ourselves to choose what is best for others even if doing so means sacrificing the satisfaction of some of our desires? I think one of the answers to this question is both simple and wonderfully positive: doing good for others is, itself, satisfying. This is hardly news, but in our materialistic culture, where we are bombarded by countless messages that things will satisfy not only our deepest desires but also our deepest needs, it is easy to forget that things don’t bring joy, but generosity and kindness often do.
The truth is that living a life in which MOGO is a guiding principle often offers the deepest satisfaction and the most profound happiness. When we forsake a desire for a thing or action that causes harm in order to satisfy a desire to live peacefully and joyfully, we may find that the challenge of choosing what is best for others turns out to be the greatest opportunity for ourselves.