Pull Up a Chair: Giving You the Best That I’ve Got


Good Morning, Sweet Pups All.

And, may I say that the first verse of the song makes me think of my firedogfriends. Just so.

I’m going to riff on Margaret’s theme from last week’s PUAC about how we treat each other. Ya got yer golden rule, aka the Ethics of Reciprocity, which may not speak to everyone’s specific or general belief system. But, did you know that most faith systems have a version of Do unto others?

From this website religious tolerance.org
(Please note, friends, that there is a tab on the site for Non-theistic beliefs, with four categories.) Just, trying to give you the best….you know.

Dalai Lama:”Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.”

Origin unknown: The Law of One: “We are all one. When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is helped, all are healed”

I’ve been contemplating how to motivate and inspire myself to Give others the best that I’ve got. So, naturally I started thinking about inspiration. I can only imagine that each of us is inspired by different events, people, attitudes. And, I also wonder that on any given day, our total sum of experience, including having our Visa card going lost, stolen, astrayed that particular morning, has an impact and reflection on what the Best we can do for ourselves or others on that particular day might be.

I spoke with one person who said he was inspired by a series of successes. He said that gives him hope. Of course, it’s usually two steps forward and one step back. But, as long as the pattern is in an upward swing, that’s success, and for that person, inspires him to keep getting up and having at it.

I suppose that many people are inspired to be Better People by the loved ones, family and friends they have in their lives. I love the scene in As Good As It Gets where at dinner, the Jack Nicholson character says to the Helen Hunt character, You make me want to be a better person.

I’m thinking that it’s not just the positive influences, Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who inspire us to better thought and behavior. I’m wondering how we react to the negatives. Sometimes when I see people harping at each other on tv, or oh let’s say this blog, I think Gosh, I’ve said something like that before, and wow, I must have looked really mean or stupid or something when I said that. So, then I aspire to be a nicer commenter.

One time when I was talking to Sonny about some issue, and we were disagreeing, I pointed out that he had said something previously, emphatically, and he looked at me and asked Really? And when I assured him that he had, he said, Well, I must have been full of shit. The thing I love about that story was his honesty and willingness to learn.

I think it’s wonderful that we each own a diversity of rich experiences which we bring to each interaction. I hope everyone learns from the stories we tell here and are inspired in some way to be able to Give The Best That They’ve Got to another in any particular circumstance, through a further understanding.

As always, keep the faith and let your little light shine.

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