It can be full of happiness and joy.
Life can also be traumatic.
It can be full of sadness and hurt.
It is all too easy to go through life worrying about how life is good or bad for you.
But whatever is going on in your life, remember there are other people who are going through the same...
... and the opposite.
For me, there is nothing more upsetting to see a friend who is sad, or hurt.
But it also wakes me up from my own selfishness and pride to remember that there are other people around me who perhaps aren't as happy as me, and then grows a need to want to be able to support them.
Is it selfish to want to help the people around you?
Is it a way of humbling yourself from your own pride and guilt?
Is it a way of telling the world that *you* helped someone?
The need or desire to help other people, if it is a genuine need or desire, is the sign of a genuine person.
In Matthew 6:5, Jesus said, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.."
Whether you believe in God or not, the message is still the same. If you do something good, make sure it's done from the heart, not out of a desire to make yourself look good.
This is not a sermon, this is not me preaching. In light of recent events in LiveJournal, this answers a lot of questions for me, and I hope it does for others.
I'm not sure where all of this came from... I just started typing, and this is what came out.
My thoughts and prayers.