You are your brother’s keeper. ~Chad Howse
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Your life isn’t about a pursuit of happiness. It isn’t about fame or finding yourself.
Your life, the reason why you’re here isn’t to climb any kind of ladder, but instead to matter.
You’re here to be of value.
The more value you provide, the better of a man you are.
Value is your purpose. There’s no need to go out into the world and find what you’re looking for. Your neighbor is who you should look to. Your brother is who you should help. Your folks and friends and peers are those who you should benefit.
We’ve turned into a society that ignores that community. In fact, we rarely see them.
I spent the last week visiting my folks. Incredibly, every neighbor on their block helps one another. They speak to one another. If one of them hurts, the others help. (Read This: Seek Responsibility, Don’t Run From It)
That’s how it was a long time ago before the government took that role from the individual. Before the government felt that it was it’s duty to help everyone, WE helped everyone.
A farmer broke a leg, his neighbors picked his crops.
A woman’s husband died, her church raised money, brought food, aided her in her time of need.
A country went bankrupt, everyone chipped in.
And then the government declared a war on poverty and poverty increased. They stepped in and our neighbors simply became humans we said hello to, nothing more.
Social media has taken this individualistic approach to life, to finding happiness, to another level.
Kids now want fame.
That’s their goal in life; FAME.
It is so because where fame was once a reward for a job well done, it’s now bestowed simply for being famous.
It isn’t earned.
There’s no skill acquired nor mastered in the Kardashians. Yet they’re rich because they’re famous.
And so, our self-worth is determined by likes on an image. They’re measurable statistics that follow us everywhere if we choose to participate.
Don’t get caught in the “look at me I’m special” crowd.
Don’t think the world revolves around you, nor your pursuit of something we now have far less of, happiness. (Read This: No, You Are Not Perfect Just The Way You Are)
We have less happiness because happiness isn’t something to find nor chase. It’s a choice, and one that’s created by being a man of value, not a man of fame or even importance.
So man up! Be a man of value instead of trying to find value in popularity.
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