The Courage to Face Ingratitude XVIII

No good act performed in the world ever dies. Science tells us that no atom of matter can ever be destroyed, that no force once started ever ends; it merely passes through a multiplicity of ever-changing phases. Every good deed done to others is a great force that starts an unending pulsation through time and eternity. We may not know it, we may never hear a word of gratitude or of recognition, but it will all come back to us in some form as naturally, as perfectly, as inevitably, as echo answers to sound. Perhaps not as we expect it, how we expect it, nor where, but sometime, somehow, somewhere, it comes back…” ~ William George Jordan

I cannot imagine a more important lesson to teach our children than this: what you put out tends to come back. Sometimes the return cycle is immediate, in others it might take weeks, months or years to come back, but come back it will. While not everything that comes to you is a result of something you’ve personally sent out, enough of it does that it is worth paying careful attention to the quality and the content of what you broadcast on your personal frequency.

The attitudes you express, the words you choose, the actions you take, whether undertaken in stealth or in the open air move out from you in successive waves of influence on a frequency that is unique to you. Anyone with whom you share or have shared an emotional connection – your network of friends, family, colleagues and strangers you’ve bumped into along the way – is likely to be impacted by your broadcast either consciously or unconsciously. This is true for both those for whom you have favorable feelings as it is those for whom you disdain, dislike or hate.

Even if all you can muster is enlightened self-interest, it would make sense that allying yourself with goodness is not a half-bad idea. If, as so many are inclined to remark when something goes wrong to someone who has fallen out of favor, “what goes around comes around,” then why not condition what “goes around” more carefully, so that only blessing, encouragement, respect and inspiration echo from the chamber of your heart?

All of this makes perfect sense in the cool of the day, when you haven’t been wronged by another or when you’re not busy avenging some perceived disrespect, but the true test of your resolve -which comes incidentally as you relax more deeply into the true nature of the perfection deep within you – comes when feelings of discomfort, insecurity and victimization press upon your heart. What you do then tends to be amplified, for the deeper the feeling, the stronger the pulse that moves out from you. Moreover, how you carry yourself in times of pressure and personal discomfort goes a long way to defining the value of your life.

Take care when you are under the gun, when your circumstances are crashing in on you, to stand your ground. What goes out comes back. What comes to you may or may not be as a result of something you sent out, but mind my words, it behooves you to carry yourself in all matters with dignity, equanimity and magnanimity. Why? Because anything less will undermine the expression of who you are at the core of you.

You are a fundamentally good person who has the power to issue forth proclamations of goodness, charity and kindness in relation to even the darkest circumstances. Even if you feel that no one else ever has, does, or ever will, I believe in you.

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8 Responses to The Courage to Face Ingratitude XVIII

  1. MMc says:

    Being our own personal broadcast frequency means we continuously send out something with our name on it. Even the temporary anonymity of the Internet can’t negate the ownership of what we author. Our soul and the garden of our lives accommodate what we broadcast for eternity. The sooner we take care to broadcast blessing instead of cursing the better. It’s not a threat to man it is the promise. Excellent subject. I appreciate the tenor of your blog it assists me with my daily broadcast.

  2. TW says:

    What an important message to receive today and to pay forward in our worlds. Thank you!

  3. David R says:

    Sometimes people are horrified when a microphone is left on or a sensitive email sent to the wrong people (or group!) But truly, the microphone is always on, and we are always broadcasting, always ssetting patterns in motion. Being conscious of that is a vital step so that we no longer make such a bold distinction between what we imagine to be private or public. Of course there are matters of appropriateness and discretion, but the real question is as to the content of our momentary broadcasts. We can’s stop broadcasting without dying, so we may as well take responsibility for that fact and live vibrantly to the very highest of our vision!

  4. strawberryfields says:

    Wonderful way to start the day, thank you.

  5. Kimberly says:

    This could be a slogan or mantra to live by “to carry yourself in all matters with with dignity, equanimity and magnanimity.” It covers all the bases. Thanks for your inspiring words.

  6. Brigitte says:

    This really is one of the most important lessons to learn at any age.

  7. Christie S. says:

    Wow, William George Jordan never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing his wisdom (and yours)!

  8. Josh Cannen says:

    I definitely join you in being a person who will prove to be the one person who believes in the core of goodness of another even when everyone else may have failed to do that. If enough of us prove this the world can quickly change, let alone the cultures of our families, businesses and communities.

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