June 7, 2004.
He rises by lifting others.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Have you ever found yourself feeling lower than low, buried deep down in the dumps, where you were desperately but unsuccessfully searching for someone or something to give yourself a much needed boost? Hey, dont be afraid to admit it, weve all been there before. And while getting knocked down by lifes tumultuous twists and turns is a common occurrence for most of us, very few ever uncover the secret for quickly bouncing back from adversity lifting themselves up by lifting those around them.
Whenever danger or difficulty unexpectedly appears out of the blue, as it is wont to do on occasion, without a hint of warning it can unceremoniously knock us off course and out of kilter. And to make matters even worse, these unforeseen stumbling blocks can sometimes send us tumbling out of control right to the bottom of the heap. There, laying flat on our backs instead of riding high and sitting on top of the world like we were moments before, were suddenly struck with the harsh reality that we must pull ourselves together if were to begin the process of pulling ourselves back to where we started... and beyond. We really need a lift and we need it right now!
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington
Whenever people hit rock bottom, theres a tendency to exhibit a knee jerk reaction to their precarious plight; to look to the outside for a hidden spark that can lift them out of their doldrums. But if our quest is to truly rise above lifes toils and troubles, where we can make our lives everything we want them to be regardless of what life tosses in our path; then maybe, just maybe, we should begin by first lifting up our own spirits. Thats right, LIFTING ourselves up, up and away!
And can there be a quicker way to enhance our inner feelings of self worth than to lift up those all around us? Hold on, wait a minute here; arent we trying to lift ourselves up? Yes, we are. Then why in the world are we looking to raise the spirits of those that surround us first? Because by lifting others, we will in turn lift our own feelings to heights previously unimagined. In short, we get better each time we make those around us better and even better yet; there is no limit on how much better we can get.
You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
The next time you find yourself mired in the doldrums, you can make your stay as short as possible by looking for ways to quickly enhance the lives of those around you. By pumping some good old fashioned pizzazz into your friends, family and coworkers, and by that we mean injecting some badly needed excitement, energy and enthusiasm into the surrounding environment, you set the table for success both yours and theirs alike.
After all, once just one person in the group has been set ablaze with a burning passion that cannot be put out, youll discover that this inferno can quickly spread to others like a wildfire out of control. Before you know it, one person and then another will be swept up in the sizzling heat of the moment, soon forming a radiant array of flaming embers dancing brilliantly into the awaiting sky. Higher and higher each and every one of you will climb, collectively lifting the group much higher than any one of them ever imagined going in their wildest dreams.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
Want to make certain that your down moments are kept to a bare minimum? Then make sure that you surround yourself with people who can bring out your very best, high flying winners that can lift you higher than a soaring kite on a windy day. Foolishly hanging out with people who bring you down is probably the fastest one way ticket straight to the bottom that you can find. These bottom dwellers, those underperforming individuals who seem quite content on going absolutely nowhere and taking you along for the ride, must be avoided like the plague. They can bring you down and keep you down for the count.
One last thing; never forget that this lifting business is no one way street. You too must do your part and make certain that you do your fair share of lifting. Otherwise, you may find yourself on the outside looking in, watching the movers and shakers move and shake right on past you. That means you should take every opportunity to lift the spirits of those you know and to help lift lifes burdens off of those around you daily. When you constantly look for chances to lift, lift and lift some more, youll be surprised at how much value you can bring to yourself and those you are privileged to meet.
The Bottom Line: When you decide to LIFT HERE, youre lifting in the right place.
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