Are my actions guided by love, or by fear?
In all honesty while pondering this question an overwhelming anxiety came over my body. On one hand, do I determine what I do because I care about the common welfare of the people around me? Or do I see to it, because I assume how they will react if I do opposite, and what they will think of me?
Lets simplify this question a diminutive amount more. We can act out of love for humanity and do the right things because it benefits humanity. When we are directed by fear we are fearful to do the opposite of what one expects because of the response they MAY or MAY NOT have. On the other end of the spectrum on a spiritual level, we may do things out of fear due to a repercussion from a higher power while at the same time we are expected to love one another.
Regardless of how I look at the original question, “Are my actions guided by love, or by fear?” The answer is both. I have a constant general love, care, and compassion for the world around me. Repercussions from my higher power keep me in line at times (Even though I’m not perfect, I try my best and attempt to shape up when I fall down)
Previously, acting out of fear because of ones response and love towards humanity, I keep this quote in mind. “Don’t feel bad for making decisions that upset other people. You’re not responsible for their happiness, you’re responsible for yours.” Due to my extreme care for humanity I have developed a fear of reverberation for not meeting one’s expectations. Loving humanity, however, and loving the world, also means loving yourself.
“Don’t feel bad for making decisions that upset other people. You’re not responsible for their happiness, you’re responsible for yours.”
Since this quote has came into my life it has resonated with me. Yes it is my duty to show compassion towards others. It, however, is not my duty to show false compassion at the expense of my morale. Being that is not compassion being shown towards me.