What makes a person “Good”?

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I was just chatting with some Facebook friends about someone that announced that they are a “Good” person. I hear others say they are a “Good Christian”. There are other variations as well but what is a “Good” person? Is it adhering to a certain religious doctrine? In that case is everyone that doesn’t “Bad”? Does the Universe or God consider only one religion “Good”? I doubt it. Is going about doing good then bragging about it make you “Good”?

What if we all just accepted one another as we are? Wouldn’t that make everyone “Good” except for those that harmed others out of evilness or spite? What if we didn’t think we were the judge of others, of whether or not they have chosen the correct way to live? Wouldn’t that be “Good”?

To me a good person does what he or she knows is the right and kind thing. They don’t denigrate people for any reason. They can argue with others in a respectful way. They give charity without it being known. They support others in their struggles.

It is just a thought but I think down deep everyone is “Good” with some it is just deeper than others and harder to reach. Maybe a “Good” person is the one that helps them dig.

Seven Deadly sins – Greed

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Ah yes the sin of Greed. A life spent gaining things that eventually will be thrown away, broken, burned up or otherwise disposed of. People that are made close only because they feed your need to be all important. Others to be used and discarded in favor of those that can further your path. How much is too much? When we are on our death bed will we think about the cars we owned? The big houses? The clothes, jewels, shoes?? Or will we think of those connections we made on this earth? Friends, lovers, children, random people that we enjoyed being around. Will we have regrets about how we have used those that had nothing but love for us but were of no use to move ahead. You are ahead at the end of your journey. Look back how many broken promises and hearts litter your life path?

What will our regrets be? That we never got that Rolex or BMW? Or that we didn’t spend time watching children grow or just breathing in the world. Looking at flowers and trees, listening to the ocean. While sitting in an office plotting we missed the world as it turned. We missed the important things that make us human and really fulfill us.

Is it that important the position we have in life? ¬†Does it really matter that maybe we work a few less hours or take advantage of fewer people? I think it does. One day you wake up and it is done and over we have an expiration date on all of us. Some sooner than others. Do I have regrets? Of course I do but I can truly say taking advantage of friends or others that cared about me isn’t among them. I regret the missed opportunities to do more good in this world. So as I approach the last chapter of my life I am trying to make it a real contribution not a detriment to my time on this planet.

Our legacy lives in what we added to this Earth. Perhaps a work of art or poetry. It can just be that we were kind to others and made their lives a little better taught a child a life lesson. Became a mentor to a troubled person. Helped an old person when they were too feeble to help themselves. Maybe we saved an animal or too from certain death by just donating time or money to a shelter. Helped someone do better in life by helping them learn to read. Got involved in an organization that helped fund research into diseases that killed others.

In the countries where we are lucky enough to have food, water and medical care we waste those blessings.  Clean water in many places is a wonder. Not starving only a dream. Take a moment when you run that water to brush your teeth or water a lawn or when you throw out the rest of the meal because you made too much to think of those that do not have.

Greed is the thief of time. Greed isn’t just with a wealthy. We are all guilty of it at one time or other but while we go about obtaining things we are robbed of the time that could enrich our souls.

Bless you all I hope that if you read this post it makes you want to get involved in something that you can do to make this planet a better place.

Thank you once again for reading.