Thought for Today

First thoughts are best, being those of generous impulse; whereas second thoughts are those of selfish prudence.
-Edward Fitzgerald

Whenever we see someone in trouble, our first natural instinct is to reach out and help the needy person. But on giving it a second thought, we start weighing our gains and losses by helping that person.
What do you think?....

18 comments:

  1. *Fantastic blog. Thought-provoking. Sincere. My best wishes about it!

    *As to the topic itself. I agree, most of people have that second thought. I don't find it so bad... This is life.

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  2. Thanks Nellioness,for your nice and motivating words about my blog.
    I appreciate your valuable comments on my post.
    Good luck.

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  3. We all have skeletons. Some are only better at pretending. To know our darkside is to know ourselves more fully and to open ourselves to Him that heals us. Nice thought for the day surjit. May He bless and guide you always.

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  4. '.....To know our darkside is to know ourselves more fully and to open ourselves to Him that heals us...'
    I fully endorse your words of wisdom,Norie.You have truly summed up the human nature.Thanks and good luck.

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  5. I find it most interesting that rather than weighing our own gains and losses prior to helping, more of us don't first weigh the gains and losses to the needy person. Sometimes our "help" is more debilitating than uplifting, and we are "contributing" only to feel good about ourselves, or to "fix" another, rather than carefully consider the consequences of our actions. In any case, real contribution requires wisdom and selflessness combined.

    Mike

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  6. Mike, I vlaue your words of wisdom:
    ....'In any case, real contribution requires wisdom and selflessness combined..'
    We should follow this principle in our lives.
    Thanks for your valuable thoughts.Good luck.

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  7. I totally agree.. i'm sure there are some people who help others despite obvious inconvenience, to gain good karma. selfish prudence.

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  8. Hi Surjit...

    Listening to our heart, following our highest good will bring peace and joy... too often we hear the roar of the crowd, the rumble of fear of the , and the screech of selfishness.

    Thank you for reminding us of our oneness!

    Warmest wishes, Surjit,

    jen

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  9. You are right Shilpa.Even if some people do some good to others,somewhere,their selfish motive is hidden.May be... 'to gain good karma...'
    Thanks for your words of wisdom.Best wishes.

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  10. Thanks Jennifer,for sharing your insightful views.Your participation inspires me.Good luck.

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  11. i have been helped by both friends and strangers numerous times in this life,,, none of which i will ever forget...so in turn,, i feel it is my destiny to come across others who need help, and i should be there whenever possible to do what i can....

    excellent post...

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  12. I think it depends on the situation, Surjit.

    Sometimes our inner voice warns us that our impulses are better left undone...

    There is a balance between compassion and wisdom, between rescue and letting someone stand on their own two feet...

    Who, what, where, when and why may all come into play, no matter how compassionate the instinctive urge to step in is...

    Depends on exactly what you are facing. Saving a life ? Getting a repeat drunk out of jail ? I need more info. !

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  13. I appreciate your noble intentions Paisley.
    Thanks for sharing your valuable views.Good luck.

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  14. I agree with your words, Loving Annie....'
    There is a balance between compassion and wisdom, between rescue and letting someone stand on their own two feet....'
    Situation does count.
    Thanks for sharing your insightful thoughts. Blessings.

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  15. Hi Surjit,

    I always believe that our first intentions are the most genuine ones. And if they bring goodness to ourselves and others, then we should go ahead to do it before the little devil on the other side of our heads come forth to implant other ideas.

    I remember a quotation that goes something like "Be fast to perform good deeds. But be slow to be angry."

    Kind and wholesome actions are always worth doing. And it is always difficult at the first time. In science, this is called Law of Inertia. But a Journey of a thousand miles, must begin with the first step. So to aspire to begin a life of goodness, starts with real effort to start performing small actions of kindness.

    My humble views. Give me your thoughts.

    WaterLearner(Singapore)

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  16. Great words of wisdom:
    "Be fast to perform good deeds. But be slow to be angry."
    Water Learner,you have rightly summed up my post in following truthful words:
    .....'And if they bring goodness to ourselves and others, then we should go ahead.....'
    Thanks for your insightful views.Good wishes.God Bless you.

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  17. Very true! I agree with this saying.
    Many tend to hesitate on second thought even though for a good course. The problem lies with our mind (become fool instead of wiser) when it had managed overwhelm our heart.

    Surjit, Thanks for this great wisdom!

    Best Wishes

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  18. I fully agree with your truthful words:
    ....'The problem lies with our mind (become fool instead of wiser) when it had managed overwhelm our heart...'
    Thanks for adding your insightful thoughts.
    Blessings.

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