Volunteers at Community Forklift provide assistance to staff members during the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16. (Lateef Mangum)
Volunteers at Community Forklift provide assistance to staff members during the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16. (Lateef Mangum)

Goodness is Godly…cleave to that which is good. — Romans 12:9

This week, I’m sharing this article from several years ago which some of you saw and others did not. It is based on a Les Brown principle: “Each of us has some basic goodness which is the foundation for the greatness we can ultimately achieve.”

Through the ages, great thinkers have debated the nature of men and women. Are we inherently good, or evil? I believe each of us has elements of good and decency, even the worst of us. And I believe that what we achieve in life is related to how much faith and goodness we bring to the table.

The goal of this column is to inspire you to achieve your maximum potential in your life. Consider this a coaching session that will help you move forward and make those necessary changes in your life that are good. Believe in your abilities but also set clear goals towards achieving the life you want. Sometimes we limit ourselves and cap our potential. Many talented people develop the belief that they are destined to remain in their current situation.

I am convinced that all people — whether artists, teachers, athletes, parents or house painters, elected officials or actors — need to find and nurture our goodness in order to achieve our greatest potential. All of the jealousy, envy, selfishness and cynicism is not fruit that grows from a “goodness” tree. This quote by Ojibwa, says “No tree has branches foolish enough to fight among themselves.”

Be strong by bending! It is not so important to be right. It is so much more important when you have a choice to be right or to be kind; to always choose kind. Stay low; humility is the key.

A good traveler has no fixed plans; and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is.

Goodness is biblical. Scripture talks about good in Philippians 4:8, which says, “Think on those things that are of good report.” Meanness, violence and negativity catch on and spread to next generations. On the other hand, love will go through generations, too. Which one would you rather share with others by your actions?

There is a dandelion story that reminds us how our behaviors affect others. It goes like this: A dandelion is a fuzzball that grows in the wild — a weed. You take a shovel, turn it upside down and begin to hit them in an attempt to kill them all. They spread all over the place; and the next spring, you have even more; new generations of dandelions. This is an example of what happens when we use violence; you create violence among our children who watch such hatred; then their children watch them in violent rages, and so on and so on.

Want the cooperation of others more quickly with tact; which is also goodness? You will get it when you learn to be tactful in your conversations with others. Never command anybody to do anything, ever! Always ask people if they will please do whatever it is you want. We don’t live in a dictatorship, so goodness and mercy as 23rd Psalm says shall follow me all the days of my life.

See yourself in others — it is essential! According to news reports, since Columbine, there have been 74 school shootings. Foster an environment of goodness instead, and we will create a pattern of goodness and miracles!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One Station. Visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, send comments to lyndiagrant@gmail.com, or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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