The sorrow and emptiness of any self-centered existence springs from ignorance of the immortal Self; it is to live from a compulsive and fearful nature that can never quite satisfy its hunger for more, regardless the cost to all who suffer for its appetite.
If you serve only yourself, you serve nothing.
If you cling only to yourself, you hold nothing.
If you hunger for the approval of others, you starve for nothing.
If you wish to please only yourself, you please nothing.
If you have only possessions as pleasures, you have nothing.
If you strive to amass only wealth, you count for nothing.
If you are wise only in the ways of this world, you have learned nothing.
If your heart beats only for yourself, you live for nothing.
Remember that your one true responsibility in life—the one action that will always see to your success in life—is to always be as awake and receptive to the present moment as you can be.
If we refuse to see what life is trying to show us about ourselves, then we can’t learn. If we don’t learn the truth of ourselves, then true self-knowledge becomes impossible. Without higher self-knowledge, there is no way to rise above ourselves and reach that innermost path that alone leads to the fulfillment of our highest possibilities.
Guy Finley talks about how true greatness does not need to be acknowledged as being great. It has nothing whatsoever to do with receiving the approval of others, nor of comparing ourselves to others in any way. In fact, greatness is connected to not needing to think about ourselves at all.