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How to Be a Great Person

Although religious leaders may disagree with each other, they all agree on
one important principle for living your life.

You might find this principle difficult to follow. For some, it may be nearly
impossible to live this way. Yet, when you use this rule in your life, you earn
the most wonderful gifts in the world.

Not only does this advice make you happy, it lowers your stress, boosts your
intelligence and increases your courage. It helps make you successful.

"What Is Greatness?"

"The hardest task one can have is to continue to love

his fellows despite all reasons he should not."

"For the one who can achieve this, there is abundant
hope.

"For those who cannot, there is only sorrow, hatred and
despair. And these are not the things of which

greatness, or sanity or happiness are made.

"A primary trap is to succumb to invitations to hate.

"Never use what is done to one as a basis for hatred.
Never desire revenge.

"It requires real strength to love man*. And to love him
despite all invitations to do otherwise, all provocations
and all reasons why one should not.

"Happiness and strength endure only in the absence

of hate. To hate alone is the road to disaster. To love is
the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret

of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret
in this universe." L. Ron Hubbard (*Man: mankind; the
human race.)


Examples


1. As soon as you arrive at your family's holiday party, your stomach twists
when you see your Aunt Jane. Ever since you were young, Aunt Jane has
criticized you. "What happened to you? I can't believe you aren't rich. You

had such potential!"

If you had known Aunt Jane would be at the family gathering, you would have
found an excuse to miss it. You want to leave, but then she sees you. "There
you are! Have you been avoiding me?"

You decide to be a great person and love your Aunt Jane despite all reasons
you should not. As you hug her, you notice she is now in her 70's. You
suddenly realize she hasn't criticized you for more than 20 years. You are
surprised to find you actually do love her.


2. You are driving down the road enjoying some music and some idiot cuts in
front of you. You slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. You send him a
mental curse and hope he has a rotten life.

You notice you feel rotten. You blame the other driver for this feeling and

start driving recklessly yourself.

But then you think, "Hey! I don't want to hate anyone. I'm going to love that
guy." Your change of attitude makes you feel a little understanding for him.
You think, "He must be late for work" and you wish him well.

Within seconds, you feel better and forget about it. You go back to enjoying
your music.


3. A few years ago, you and your friend Peter bought a delivery van. He

used it during the day to make deliveries from his flower shop and you used
it at night to deliver newspapers.

When going to work one night, you notice the van is missing. You call Peter
who says, "Oh, sorry, I forgot to tell you that I sort of rented it to this guy. I
mean, uh, well, I sold it because I had to pay off some bills. I think you owe

me some money anyway, so I think we should call it even."

You say, "I can't believe this! You sold our van? You really did it this time
Peter!" You slam down the telephone and vow to never speak to him again.
You jump in your car and spend all night moving newspapers.

You plot revenge in several ways. You'll spray paint his windows. You'll steal
his car. You'll spread rumors about him.

Every time you think about Peter and the van, you get upset. Even two years
later, you still feel the hatred whenever you see a similar van.

But then you learn about becoming a great person. You decide to love Peter
despite all reasons you should not. After a few days, you decide to call him.

As soon as Peter hears your voice, he says, "I'm so glad you called! I'm so
sorry about that van! I've regretted selling it for years now."

You say, "Don't worry about it. I'm sorry our arrangement failed. Good luck
Peter."

The van memory stops hurting you. People like being around you again. You
feel great!


Five Ways to Become a Greater Person


1. Take a few minutes today and try loving everyone around you. People in
your family, neighborhood, workplace, everyone. Love them for no reason.
Why not?

2. Whenever someone tries to get you to hate him or her, refuse to play the
game. Who needs more enemies? Instead, generate some love for the
person, even if only a small amount.

3. Make yourself tougher by loving difficult people. You can certainly love
people without letting them control you. In fact, it's easier to face and handle
difficult people, if you love them.

4. Eliminate revenge as a purpose in your life. Who do you want to get even
with? Change that intention into something positive. Wish them well and see
how you feel.

5. Finally, improve your mood by loving people. Whenever you feel depressed
or desperate, find people to love. You don't even need to see or talk to them,
just love them.


"To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. -- L. Ron
Hubbard



Excerpted from "What is Greatness?" by L. Ron Hubbard. You can read
the full article at
www.realhubbard.org.

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