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Thursday, August 4, 2011

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More about Pleasing Everyone

Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
"What are you doing for others?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that compassion, and generosity, and being of service to others are the most important values of life - as you can see from reading my articles, such as the "Be of Service to Others" section of The Secret of Happiness.

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

What I mean by "pleasing everyone" is illustrated by the Aesops Fable: The Miller, His Son, and the Ass.

A more modern example would be becoming a vegetarian because your spouse thinks it would be good for you, and then eating a big turkey dinner on Sunday at your mother's because she thinks you are looking skinny and need some real food.

Being a "pleaser" is living your life as others think you "should" live it, rather than becoming your own person, with your own values. Make the choice to establish and to live your own values, rather than attempting to "fit in."

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