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Laying One’s Life Down For Another
Experience by Susan Kramer
I’ve been thinking about the phrase – laying one’s life down for another – and wondering if it meant actually dying for another?
Mulling this around, the thought came to me it could mean something different, like laying aside a selfish attitude in favor of a plan that would serve the greater good. And the end result would make those affected happier.
I have found through experience I feel peace of mind when doing the right thing. I do not feel peaceful when acting selfishly. Does anyone?
In modern terms the phrase could read – peace comes from setting aside selfish plans and acting for the greater good.
Another way I’ve thought to apply this teaching is very practical: I pick up trash along the sidewalk when out for a walk. I usually carry a shopping bag when out and about and use this to carry trash, which I later dump in my can at home, or in one I spy in a public place, just for that purpose. (I throw the used bag in the washing machine before reusing so I don’t contaminate groceries.)
When we come across an old phrase that seems outdated we have to look at the meaning it was meant to teach. It may take some reflection, but why throw a valuable teaching away just because at first it seems outdated.
Selfishness to selflessness
Spreads satisfaction all around.
Laying One’s Life Down For Another © 2020 Susan Kramer; photo of Montecito from family archive
About the Author: A meditation and yoga practitioner and international author since 1976, Susan Kramer writes on practical spirituality, family and social issues, and dance. Her instructional books are listed at her web site – http://www.susankramer.com/books.html