As you follow the path of your journey, you will come face to face with challenges to the way you live life, and you have a responsibility to show to others that your path involves not only being the best you can be, but learning how to treat others with love and respect. You know in your heart that as a traveller on that road, you have the power to affect everyone around you by your depth of connection and the standards you adhere to in your life.
So what standards must you strive for?
Think of your own standards in the way you treat yourself. Do you honour your own body by looking after it and maintaining it in a way that feels comfortable and right to you? What can you do for yourself to use that body well and develop your mind to peak performance? Do you wear it out by filling it with junk and letting it suffer? Or do you eat healthily, thinking about the resources you're using to keep yourself alive and treading on the earth as lightly as you can?
And now think of the responsibility you need to take for the way you act and the way you behave towards others. Striving always to be honest and open, and not hiding your true emotions behind a need to be accepted or loved.
Examine the way you deal with anger. Of course you will feel anger sometimes. But the way you handle it will determine whether you will experience pain and unhappiness, or compassion and understanding. Dealing with your anger means respecting another person for having their own emotions, and for having the right to share them in the same way that you have a right to share yours. You show true character by handling your anger responsibly and by refusing to be violent in word or deed. You show love by giving the other person the chance to be heard and not letting your ego get in the way of honest and open communication.
Your standards of integrity will govern whether you take responsibility for your actions and not blame others for mistakes you've made or errors of interpretation. It means acting true to your word and not letting people down through neglect or disinterest in their happiness and wellbeing. How can people put their trust in you, if they see that you don't honour and respect them enough to be worthy of it?
The way you honour all human beings will show in your heart and soul opening up to all people on earth, and loving them as your equals whoever they are, whatever the colour of their skin or the nature of their spiritual beliefs, and defending their rights to be who they are. And it will show in the way you speak up for those rights when people don't have a voice.
Developing and maintaining the highest standards in your own life will not only inspire those around you who have also chosen to strive for their own goals, but will also challenge the goals of other people. You will encounter prejudice, fear and intolerance, but by keeping to the standards you set yourself, you will face them with a deep moral courage and integrity which will give you the strength to challenge them. They will sustain you and support you. And they will put fire in your resolve to be the very best you can.
Neel Raman, is an author, presenter, workshop facilitator and coach to many. He has written ‘Hoops and Freedom’, a powerful self-improvement book, in the form of an entertaining fiction story, targeted at those who want and demand more from life. To get the first chapter for FREE and to receive FREE motivational lessons, visit: http://www.focusedon.com.au/blog To find out more about this book and to register to receive FREE newsletters and other FREE offers, visit: http://www.HoopsAndFreedom.com