Josh Ripley, an Andover High School cross-country runner, saw an injured competitor on the ground, picked him up and carried him to safety, slowing his own race time, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press 9-23-11. Ripley, a 6-foot-plus junior, scooped up Mark Paulauskas from Lakeville South, whose ankle had a 3 inch gash, and ran with him until a coach was near, and he could hand him over for medical attention. Sometimes it is the little daily split second decisions that define our character and shape the path of our life.
Ripley, seeing an injured competitor, didn’t pass by thinking of his own race, but looked at the bigger picture, and stopped to help a fellow athlete. He didn’t stop to judge if his time was worth it, make judgments about the injured athlete’s character, or really take the time to do anything but act compassionately. This type of kindness, I am guessing, will follow Josh Ripley throughout his life.
Sometimes it is these spontaneous acts of kindness that will be remembered and define our life and shape our future. When we look back at the past year, we can ask ourselves did we give more than we received? Did we offer kindness as often as possible? How did our energetic output compare to our consumption of goods, services, and being the recipient of acts of kindness?
When we step back looking at our life, we can often see where we succeeded in following our morals, goals, and ethical behavior, and where we need to work on ourselves. This time of year, at Rosh Hashanah, it is timely to gage not only how we treated others, but also how we are consuming the energy output of others as compared to our gift of our own energy and production. When we give lovingly of our time, whether in a home cooked meal, helping another, offering random acts of kindness, or simply smiling and being pleasant or a day brightener for others, we extend our energy.
When we sit and watch TV, are entertained by sports, music, theater, etc., and consume the products of another’s creation, we are taking in the energy of others. Ideally, there should be a balance of give and take in our lives. However, the higher our energy output, the better we generally feel. Tony Robbins says it well with this quote:
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Tony Robbins
Maybe a goal for our coming year, should be, to be aware of our energy intake and output; giving more than receiving, consciously making the world a better place.
Thank-you for reading. Have a wonderful weekend.