Do what you must do to the best of your abilities and with your purest intentions, and then step back. Do not even care about the results of your action. Asking such questions such as, “did it bear fruit”. Your actions will sometimes bear good fruit, other times bad fruit or no results at all. Sometimes the fruitation is ripened into a beneficial result a long time after the seed of your action was planted. So find pleasure in the intentions that your actions were done by, and do not expect any particular result. It is in expectation of a certain result from your actions that bring disappointment and sorrow knocking at your door. LIVE BY AND THROUGH YOUR HIGHEST INTENTION MOMENT PER MOMENT AND DO NOT LOOK BACK. Do not look back because life is only in that present moment, therefore leave the ghosts of the past moment in peace.
What does it benefit a person to look back at a good deed done? Nothing good can come of that, but pride in oneself. Pride is doomed from the start because it is built on a faulty foundation. It is assumed that you have done something good yourself, instead of understanding that good fancied you at that moment and decided to flow through you. What is a prideful heart? Is it not-self adoration….like staring in the mirror too much? Being happy for a job well done is not pride, however returning again and again to the memory of that job well done and speaking about it to others is the very definition of pride. No good can come from it, and even great harm can be done with it. How can someone infatuated with themselves, direct anything towards another at that moment? No prides foundation is truly weak, and to build upon it will surely cause that whole thing to crumble. Do your job and step back…..that path to true happiness and serenity. Live by your highest intentions and you will be happy because your happiness does not depend on the result. Caring about results is living on the surface of your being. Caring about your intentions is living within the depths of your being. Define success by acting with the right intention, and do not define success by the results.
Be joyful when wisdom visits you and you are used as a tool for its purpose. However never believe that wisdom belongs to you, that is the true indication of a fool. If you understand that you are being visited by wisdom then how can you take the credit for what it has done through you? Really have you of yourself done anything at all? Or did wisdom find a use for you and like the wind pushed you into action? The same for all truly good and beneficial things that occur towards, through, and around you. All beauty within you is not from you, but can infinitely dwell within you.
How can wisdom, grace, or anything of virtue come visit you if you already believe that you have them?
by: Jason-John Swartz