Posted by: adeepershadeofsoul | July 20, 2010

It’s All About People

Just think for a second about the greatest people who ever walked on this earth; what names pop into your head?   Take a minute to think of your top ten list.

Now that you have those names in your mind, ask yourself this question…What did they all have in common?  In my estimation, this is a pretty important question. If we want to be like these great people who changed the world, then shouldn’t we know the characteristics and qualities that they all shared?  So let’s start listing them…..kindness, compassion, strength of heart, a willingness to sacrifice, forgiveness, understanding, wisdom, full of joy and happiness, patience, purity of heart, sincerity, love, generosity, forbearance, tolerance, consistent effort etc.

As significant as all of these characteristics and qualities are, there is one underlying characteristic that they all share; and it’s precisely this quality that propels them to the level of being the greatest of the greats in human history.  Can you guess what it is?

In my opinion, what distinguishes these people from the rest is their dedication and commitment to the people.  They all committed their entire lives for the betterment of the lives of people, which oftentimes led to pain and torment for themselves, yet they continued in their work.   That’s why I called this post ‘It’s all about people’….because it truly is all about the people and what you do for them.  A great man once said “Success is what you do for yourself, but greatness is what you do for others” and I agree with this statement wholeheartedly.  The amount of time, care and concern that the world’s greatest individuals showed to their people; teaching them, helping them and working with them is what truly set them apart.

So if we all want to follow in their footsteps, then we should focus our attention to building and helping people.   Even in our careers; it doesn’t matter what career path we choose, the underlying goal can always be to help people.  Think about it…if you’re  a lawyer, you can become the lawyer that is fighting for people’s rights and justice, if you’re a doctor…well that one’s pretty obvious, even if you’re in the business world, you can be the businessman or woman that translates their success into philanthropic endeavors.  The goal can always be to help improve the lives of others.

The more people we can help in both big and small ways, the more we leave our mark in this world.

I ask Allah (God) to make us amongst those who serve the people.

I ask Allah (God) to make us amongst those who dedicate their lives to helping to improve the lives of others.

Ameen.

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