Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. ~Jesse Jackson
While we are all a part of a bigger picture, sometimes we feel small and lonely or even less than another who may boast about accomplishments. Joan talks about turning your small part in this universe into a beautiful big picture.
Joan: I’m often amazed at people who feel they are more important than others. Those who believe that their wealth, status, or whatever circumstance they create in their mind, entitles them to special treatment or reverence that others do not receive. These people tend to treat others in a subservient manner.
Q. That is disheartening and even annoying. What would you say to such an individual?
Joan: When we look back at all the people who have lived before us and all that will live after, it’s easy to see that we are nothing more than a dot on the line of humanity, and that each one of us is a part of the line, no greater than another, and reliant on each other. No matter who you are or what you’ve achieved, you are a part of the line, connected to other human beings.
Q. What advice would you give those who have achieved great things in their life, insofar as humility is concerned?
Joan: If you’re accomplished, successful, wealthy, lucky, intelligent, don’t boast about being better than others or believe you’re above them. Humble yourself and live a life of humility – you’re a dot on the line. Being alive is not about recognizing how important we can become; it’s about using our gifts and blessings to make a difference in the lives of others, to help those to whom we are connected.
Q. What about if you’re feeling bad about yourself, even inferior?
Joan: I say to them remember that we all are precious dots – equally of value! We all are gifts to the world and blessed to be alive. This is something many tend to forget.
When you recognize that no one is better or more important than you, then you can begin to live fearlessly; any rejection or failure you experience in the larger picture means almost nothing. You have the opportunity to be as happy as you can be.
We are all dots and when the dots are connected, a beautiful picture emerges.