Miracles News

October-December, 2022

Take One for Humanity

by Rev. Vicki Evans, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

Take one for humanity: This lifestyle choice became a mantra to me when I saw myself getting competitive or anxious if I didn’t get the ideal parking space or found myself making negative assumptions if a person jumped in front of me to get in a line. I had to ask myself: Why is this “winning” more important than peace and connection to humanity?

I started to make it a habit to let another driver take a parking space if it was a toss-up as to who was there first. Or joyfully opt to let a car get on the freeway when merging instead of blocking them out just so I am ahead on the road. I even found myself mentally extending a gesture of “please go first” while driving and then I self-talked myself through the thought that I can give this gift to humanity and reap the benefits of calm and peace.

Take one for humanity also helped me give grace in considering that the other person may be in a hurry for an emergency or trying to cope with their own personal worries. I also like to think of these choices as kindness, as I once heard an idea that kindness means we do an act without any expectation of reward or compensation, just being kind for the peace and joy of kindness itself.

Whenever I have chosen this path, I have been profoundly surprised and rewarded with joy, peace and contentment! The surprise is that when I choose a kind path of taking one for the team of humanity, the response can be a domino effect of kindness and surprised joy in return, as a kind act is not always expected from a stranger or when the person is hidden by the safety and anonymity of their car windows.

Extending a simple gift of relinquishing a parking space or a place in a line can create a connection and thread of Love uniting us as One. Often when looking for an act of kindness or love but not expecting it to happen, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder takes over leading to memories of getting a negative response, being bullied, or holding on to a belief system that everyone is just out for themselves. 

What a refreshing reset to be the person to model a different behavior for the motive of kindness without ego or reciprocation as a goal. Could this kindness create a domino effect or new thinking patterns in being a role model in passing the gift of humanity and kindness on to others to pay it forward throughout the day?

Even if the person does not respond, my experience has been that my own mind and body get a benefit of peace and positive thoughts that can move me forward in my day in a calm mindset that provides a domino effect for myself in every situation I encounter.

I proceed in my day with the inner glow of light as taught by Pathways of Light that I can pass to others as a torch of light to all I encounter. It is refreshing and healing for me to look for opportunities to extend a simple act of kindness as these moments can present themselves all throughout the day. Now it is not only an idea, but it has grown into a habit that I carry with me every moment!

Rev. Vicki Evans, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister living in Dallas, Texas. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Phone: 713-775-9153

© 2022, Pathways of Light. https://www.pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included.

Tell a Friend
Printable Page

Back to main page of Miracles News.

Has this page been helpful to you?
Your contribution to support this site is greatly appreciated. To make a tax deductible contribution with a credit/debit card, click here.
Click here to donate from your PayPal account.
Or send a check to Pathways of Light, 12530 Lions Chase Court, Huntley, IL 60142.

Articles by
Pathways of Light Ministers
and Others.

Search

Advanced Search

Pathways of Light Membership

Support Pathways of Light with an annual membership donation or become a sustaining member through monthly contributions. Includes printed Miracles News magazine mailed quarterly. Click here.

Subscribe to printed version.

To have Miracles News magazine mailed to you quarterly, Click here.

Most recent entries

Miracles News has been viewed 1601602 times

Archives

Complete Archives

Subscribe to
Miracles News Online

To have Miracles News Online articles emailed to you free when they are posted each quarter, enter your email address here.

Email Address:

You will receive an email requesting confirmation. After you confirm, the Daily Inspiration articles will be emailed each day they are posted. These emails will appear in your inbox as from "FeedMyInbox." You may unsubscribe at any time. We recommend that you add "updates@feedmyinbox.com" to your address book so that the emails do not get sent to your spam box.

You may also subscribe to the RSS feed to have these messages added to your MyYahoo! page, Google Reader or Bloglines by clicking this image in your Subscribe to RSS feed browser's web address field above.

Free Online Resources

Electronic "Magazine"Sign up to receive periodic emails with thoughts to ponder, inspirational articles and the latest news.

Subscribe to daily emails of Workbook Lesson Insights.

ACIM Text Made Simple — answers to hundreds of questions about the Text. Click here.

Daily Inspiration Blog — Thoughts to inspire your day. Click here.

Inspiring journals by Pathways of Light ministers applying the principles of ACIM. Click here.

Miracles News — hundreds of inspiring miracle stories. Click here.
 

We'd Like to Hear from You

Request Free Printed Program & Product Catalog

Or call 1-800-323-7284 (US & Canada) or 386-615-7284.

Click here to email your questions.

United Kingdom: Click here to email your questions about Pathways of Light in the UK or call +44 (0) 207 7262 0209.

Give us your feedback or report site problems.
 

Pathways Ministers Audio/Videos

ACIM Minister Training

Inspired by the principles presented in A Course in Miracles, this ministry training focuses on accepting the mind healing that is guided by the Teacher within, the Holy Spirit. As our minds are healed, we become Holy Spirit’s instruments of healing. For more information click here.
 

ACIM Practitioner Courses

If you would like a deeper understanding of key principles of A Course in Miracles, the 24 Pathways of Light ACIM Practitioner courses provide a complete, multimedia package to help you make ACIM principles a ready resource to call upon in your mind throughout your day. Click here for more information.
 

Featured Items

The Lifetimes When Jesus and Buddha Knew Each Other by Gary Renard. Clarifying the difference between duality and nonduality. Learn more.

Tru Eternal Life and A Course in Miracles by Jon Mundy, Phd. A Path to Eternity in the Essential Text. Learn more.

True Forgiveness True Forgiveness by Rev. Jennifer McSween. The Proven Path from Pain to Power in 5 Simple Steps. Learn more.

Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Learn to receive insight for your life in a form that is perfect for you …heal fears, find joy & peace. Learn more.

Minister training based on A Course in Miracles Minister Training — based on principles of A Course in Miracles, including counselor training and ordination. More….

Miracles Practitioner courses24 ACIM Practitioner courses including 50-page study guide, CD's with facilitator. More….

Tru Live Your Happy by Rev. Maria Felipe. A real-world approach to living happily, based on A Course in Miracles. Learn more.

From the Christ Mind From the Christ Mind scribed by Darrell Morley Price. A simple, yet profound message that you can immediately apply to current circumstances. More….

Hey, Holy Spirit,
It's Me Again Hey, Holy Spirit, It's Me Again by Rev. Myron Jones. An indispensable guide for anyone on the path of ACIM with insights on the 1st 90 lessons. More….

Forgiving KevinForgiving Kevin Audio book by Rev. Larry Glenz. A moving and inspiring true story of a father/son relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, recovery, and relapse. More….

Healing Family
RelationshipsHealing Family Relationships Applying the Principles of A Course in Miracles 6 CD audio book by Rev. Myron Jones. Learn how family relationships offer fertile grounds for forgiveness and healing your judgments of the world. More.