Three Traits To Inspire: Love, Compassion, Forgiveness
There comes a time in life when all of us can be an inspiration to somebody.
This can be a done by a simple father and son chat or a coach giving his or her players a pep talk.
Generally we can all be heroes to somebody and the majority of the time we are not even aware of it.
I have always considered myself a very simple soul with simple needs and never thought I would be able to encourage or inspire individuals or groups of people.
This opinion of myself has changed over the years especially when I became a father.
Being responsible for another person certainly made me appreciate my duties towards family and the youth in particular.
Today, my speciality is to interact and inspire the youths of today.
I have been fortunate enough to have been called upon to give talks and appear as chief guest to a wide spectrum of gatherings, be it sports, educational, film, fashion, media etc.
My talk centres around three simple attributes we all look for in others which is love, compassion and forgiveness.
With the first virtue is love. I like to give the example of a mother and her baby. The baby is innocent and has a heart of gold and shows unconditional love to the mother, pure love with no conditions.
This love is something we should all strive towards where we show love unconditionally and with no strings attached.
The second virtue is compassion this can be easily described by the wonderful work so many individuals and groups carry out day in day out.
I have met so many compassionate people on my travels and one group that really inspired me was a simple collection of professionals made up of accountants, teachers and medical personnel.
I joined them one Sunday when they were up at 6am cooking food for the poor and needy.
Once they had finished cooking we went in a car with the food looking for those unfortunate individuals who needed a hearty breakfast meal.
There was no shortage of people who were grateful to have a hot meal on a cold and rainy Sunday morning.
What was most inspiring was the compassion of this group as they served anyone and everyone regardless of race, religion, culture or creed. They served up the meals on paper plates and gave the meals in hand to those less fortunate than themselves with grace and dignity.
These are my type of people who don’t just preach, but put into practice the teachings of true religion.
There is a famous saying which rings true with me: “Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray” and unfortunately day by day we have more preachers than people putting these virtues into practice.
Finally, the third virtue is one that so many people struggle with, and that is forgiveness.
This is a sign of a truly strong person who is able to unshackle their hatred for someone and forgive.
I have come across so many instances where brothers won’t talk to brothers, and friends who were once inseparable will be worst of enemies.
This type of animosity eats at the soul and in the end you are the loser as hate, greed and jealousy takes over.
My favourite story for this is of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for his political views for more than 27 years.
This is a long time to serve for an innocent person. When Mr Mandela was finally released he was elected President of his country South Africa, but he knew the only way he would truly be free was to forgive the people who imprisoned him and he met and reconciled with his captors who had mistreated and persecuted him.
Not only this but Mr Mandela even gave top jobs to these people and in return they showed remorse and unconditional loyalty to the very man they had wronged for all those years.
If you are truly seeking to make yourself a better individual, you can by following the three virtues of love, compassion and forgiveness.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika
– The writer is a Fiji Sun columnist.