I grew up hearing my parents say, ‘Do good and good will happen to you’ among many other pearls of wisdom. In fact I heard this particular adage so many times that it has been tattooed in my mind, like a mantra.
Of course my parents walked the talk as well, so naturally I did what I saw them doing, as children learn best from what they see parents do and not from what parents say.
Then I grew up and life happened. I met people from all walks of life, and I began questioning this belief. The reason I began questioning this particular belief was as ‘doing good’ was looked upon with suspicion and more often than not my intent was under scrutiny.
As for the good happening to me in return, well let’s just say that it happened so rarely that I was surprised when it did.
From creating a school group and uniting 130+ friends from all over the world, to helping people in need in the best way I can, my good intentions were often looked upon with suspicion. What’s in it for you, was the common question.
Apart from being zapped at this thought process, almost all of the people I may have done good to have harmed me in return.
Am I exaggerating? No.
Am I imagining it? No.
Did I expect a lot it return ? Not at all.
Have I just been plain unlucky? Probably.
After repeated experiences and lots of discussions on the same topic with my family I decided to Spring Clean my Thought Closet, and the first belief I dusted out was, ‘Do good and good will happen to you’.
It may be working for my parents but it certainly wasn’t working for me. It was just gathering dust and taking up space in my thought closet so off it went, making way for another belief, ‘Do Good.’ Period.
Beliefs are custom built and one size does not fit all. So maybe what does not work for me, works for someone else. However, despite being custom made all beliefs have a shelf life, after which they need to be altered, if not replaced with a newer version.
Spring cleaning my thought closet was one of the best decisions I made in recent times. No point is keeping what is not working for you anymore, is there now?
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