Service Before Self – Day 135 of 365 Days to a Better You

“Greater love has no one,” said Jesus in John 15:13, “than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” He was speaking of the immense power of putting others before yourself.

This is a challenging concept for us in our modern world. Sure, there are some occupations that require selflessness and we all occasionally put others first. Yet, we wake up in a body every day that immediate and unconsciously screams, “Me, me, me.” They tell us we have an ego that exists for no other reason than to ensure the survival of self. From pillow to pillow, our egos and our bodies are marketed to in a way that could almost make you forget anything beyond your immediate self-gratification.

Service before self requires conscious effort. It requires ceasing all that self-noise, recognizing the needs of those around you, and serving them.

Jesus gave the extreme example in that verse. There are a million little ways you can put others before you all day long. Volunteer to help build a house. Let someone cut in line. Give the homeless person five dollars. Make sure your family eats before you. Let your spouse choose the movie.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the positivity I see the presidential campaigns of Marianne Williamson and Tulsi Gabbard. Rep. Gabbard is a veteran of two overseas deployments. She enlisted after 9/11 and continues to serve as a Major in the Hawaii National Guard. She’s speaking eloquently on the campaign trail about bringing a servant’s heart to the task of making the changes so many of us want to see in our world. She’s made it a centerpiece of her message and her campaign. It’s one of the reasons I view her so favorably.

Can you imagine consciously building a country, a world, or our lives around such a noble principle? What kind of ripple effect could we affect?

Am I suggesting you give up your own dreams and aspirations and make them subservient to the needs of others? No way! You are here, as we’ve discussed so many times on this blog, to achieve amazing things in your own right.

What I’m talking about is finding a balance between that “Me, me, me” you wake up to each morning and the needs of the world around you. I’m saying make it a point to daily and proactively put someone else’s needs, someone else’s concerns front and center.

Power Hack: Every single one of us has the impulse to do these things – give up the seat on the train, give the homeless person five bucks, etc. It’s only ego and fearful thinking that there’s not enough or I’ll get taken advantage of that stops you. Release those thoughts and feelings and act!

Though it seems counterintuitive, putting others before you just may be the wave that pushes your dreams all the way to shore. This clip probably requires no introduction to to most of you. Yeah, it’s just a movie, but it’s life too. What you put out into the world comes back to you. It’s the oldest rule in the book.

Stay inspired, my friends, and thank you so much for taking valuable time out of your day to read the blog!

Ray

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Tulsi Gabbard’s Positive Vision

Greetings, my friends. There are many people in the motivational field who fear to tread into the political world. I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising, given the political mindsets that permeate our debate today and the broader societal desire “not to talk about those things.” That’s precisely why I do, occasionally, talk about them on this blog.

Going back to 2008, I’ve written supportively of politicians as diverse as Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson. These candidates, if you dig a little, have a few things in common.

They’re outsiders in the truest sense, they bring unique perspectives, they’re authentic, and they’re people-focused. They are not bought into the DC-NY-LA nexus that seeks to run The United States by divisive, false narratives that ultimately benefit the few of over the many and have made our foreign policy a complete disaster.

I have not chosen a candidate yet for 2020. However, as I see candidates giving speeches or presenting visions that I view to be forward-looking, game-changing and authentic, I will be sharing those messages and commenting on them.

Yesterday Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) gave a speech and took questions from a crowd in San Francisco. I find Tulsi’s zen and cerebral demeanor a great starting point, but it’s what she says that matters. Because she is challenging mainstream thinking, they’ve spared no effort in trying smear and corner her when she’s gone on mainstream news and entertainment shows. She’s kept her cool and continued to make her astute points.

She’s seen first-hand the devastation caused by a foreign policy that no one in DC-NY-LA even questions any more. She speaks passionately and with great vision on this topic. She’s talking about nothing less than the peace dividend promised to the American people at the end of the fist Cold War, but deferred back to the Military Industrial Complex to fight the “War on Terror.”

I dare you to listen to this talk with an open-mind and not find yourself nodding in agreement throughout. As I said, I haven’t picked my candidate for 2020 yet. However, you can can count me as a fan of Tulsi Gabbard and her message of Aloha!

Ray Davis

Ray is the founder of The Affirmation Spot, co-founder of 6 Sense Media, and author Anunnaki Awakening.

#Tulsi & #Marianne: Two 2020 Candidates Doing it Right

I don’t write about politics often on this blog. I have an outlet for that kind of analysis on the 6 Sense Media platform I run with my friend and partner Dennis Nappi II. However, I do understand and believe that politics is important. It’s the way our civilization makes decisions. Not to hit this too hard here, but that process has been devastatingly broken for a long time now and it’s easy to see the negative results of it in our political discourse and our inability to tackle critical issues for our country.

I’ve always said that if our politics and politicians don’t speak to our highest aspirations, our politics devolves into our lowest impulses. Therefore, I think it’s important to call out and extoll politicians who seem to be speaking to those highest aspirations.

Whether or not you agree with their solutions Iraq war veteran and Hawaii Congresswoman¬†Tulsi Gabbard and best-selling author and voice of conscience in America Marianne Williamson are putting forward, I wanted to call them out and congratulate them on seeking that higher ground, that saner dialogue, and for courageously talking about the challenges we face and why what we’re doing now is not working.

Here are a couple of examples of this from each of them. I hope you’ll take a few moments to hear them. Whether either of them is your candidate or not, it’s so important to demand more vision and positivity from our politicians. That’s what serves all of us and will deliver the future we all want.

 Tulsi

Marianne

This was her exploratory committee video, but it was powerful.

We Americans and we citizens of the world have a right to political leaders who speak truth and who will stand up for the people because we don’t have that right now. We have a system that listens to big money, serves big money, and we see the results everywhere.

To be an incredible leader, you must first be a credible leader. I believe these two women have the character, the courage, and the message to lead us in better directions.

I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Hold out for a system that supports our highest aspirations. It IS possible.

Ray