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The Love Bug

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[Jan. 14th, 2002|06:30 pm]
The Love Bug
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Life can be wonderful.
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?

No.

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.
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[User Picture]From: girliebomb
2002-01-14 10:30 am (UTC)
Thanks hun, I dunno if it was directed at me, but its nice to know people are thinking of me!
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2002-01-14 10:32 am (UTC)
There has been a lot of bitchiness/sadness on LiveJournal recently.

I guess there are days when you just evaluate it all.
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[User Picture]From: grumpydave
2002-01-14 10:39 am (UTC)
...and many more when you just ignore it ;)
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2002-01-14 10:41 am (UTC)
rofl - too true!!
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[User Picture]From: crazybee
2002-01-14 10:58 am (UTC)
damn man, thats DEEP. I can see some of what u are saying in regards to what has happened reently in lj.

For the moment I'm glad I joined lj as I have made new friends and deepened my understanding of current friends, including you and moosical and loads of others in my lj too
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[User Picture]From: poggs
2002-01-14 12:02 pm (UTC)
Paraphrasing part of it, the bit that got to me the most - "Don't shout about it". If its a problem, your friends will be there, you don't need to ask for them.

I scribble stuff down on LJ, I don't care if nobody leaves comments, nor do I care much if people leave 100 comments. What matters to me is that I wrote it down, and somebody can look at it and comment if they want. They don't have to.

I live life with a quiet confidence.
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