Reflecting on the Greatest Achievements in Life
As we strive for personal growth and success, it's important to consider what truly brings value and meaning to our lives.
Atisha's words offer guidance on the path to the greatest achievements in life.
It is important to note that the greatest achievements in life are those that benefit others and involve personal growth.
Selflessness, like Mother Teresa's dedication to serving the poor and sick, brings worth to our lives.
Self-mastery, like LeBron James' dedication to constantly improving his skills on the basketball court, helps us become the best versions of ourselves.
A desire to serve others, like Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent protests for civil rights, can bring positive change to the world.
Continual awareness, like the mindfulness practices of Oprah Winfrey, helps us see beyond appearances and embrace the emptiness of everything, leading to a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
The greatest action is not conforming to the ways of the world, but rather transcending our ego and ego-driven desires, like the nonconformist attitude of Steve Jobs.
Transmuting our passions, like the transformation of Oprah's struggles into a successful career and platform for positive change, and cultivating generosity and non-attachment, like the philanthropy of Bill Gates, can bring us closer to inner peace and fulfillment.
A peaceful mind, like the tranquility of the Dalai Lama, humility, like the modesty of Albert Einstein, and an effort that is not concerned with results, like the perseverance of J.K. Rowling, can lead to the greatest goodness and patience.
The greatest wisdom is achieved through seeing through appearances and letting go of the mind's attachments, like the introspection of Eastern spiritual leaders.
In summary, being kind and helping others is the best thing we can do. It's important to control ourselves and try to become better people. Seeking to serve others and always being aware of what's going on around us are important qualities to have. Emptiness, or not being too attached to things, can bring us peace. It's good to not just do what everyone else is doing and instead think for ourselves. Changing our desires and being generous can lead to happiness.
Offering an invitation as we start a new year to cultivate these qualities and achievements in our own lives. Let Athica's guidance help define what personal growth and success should mean to us going forward.
Wishing all a very Happy New Year!