The Council: … let us see if we cannot make a comment on the proper attitude one should have in life.
How can you give out something you don’t have? Well, the answer is you cannot. One must begin to look at oneself in such a manner so as to discover some element that is worthy of loving. The whole exercise of a life in the material form is for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to love others as you love yourself. If you cannot love yourself, then your life is going to be wasted. If you are in such a situation where you do not love yourself, then take a portion of your life and discover a reason for loving yourself, aside from the egotistical approach. Do good for others and find joy in that. Certainly, at times it can be a task, it can be a challenge. You may reach points where you say you are ready to give up. Well, that is acceptable, too, because those are emotions, but stay in there because those emotions will go. All things have a time, a season. You must learn to accept this, and if at a given point in time you are tired of carrying a burden, stick it out because that time will pass and it will be no more a burden than getting dressed in the morning.
If one can begin to look at their life as a task of self-discovery, and that before that individual lies many avenues, but only one will be direct. We can guarantee you that one will usually be the steepest. The more that life asks of you, the steeper the path will be, the quicker you will climb to the mountaintop. If you take some other road that may appear to be less steep, you will never be sure that you will end up at the top of the mountain. You can perform many great deeds in life, and then you can perform many great deeds in life. Why the two statements? The first is performing great deeds. Doing things. Actions. Activities. Accomplishments. They are automatic, so to speak. They are more a fulfilling of nothing more than an obligation. This in itself is not entirely wrong. But then there is the other good deeds, where the heart is in it, where actions are taken, things are done, because deep inside there is that desire to show the kindness, to show the gentleness, to show the dependability, and when those things are done for others, to show the respect that you have for the other person. One requires the ability to love oneself in a godly manner. The other one only requires determination and physical energy. The one that requires a godly love and self-respect for oneself applies to the latter example that we have given. You might as well reap all the benefits of actions, especially when it is such a simple condition that you must establish within yourself, and that is the ability to love yourself, therefore love others. If you take the other road, well, it will be a lot of effort put forth and not very much accomplished as far as you as an individual will be concerned.