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my personal beliefs, learn about what i believe in and why

Whilst I can not say that I actively belong to any particular set of religious beliefs, my life experiences have led me to believe that there is a higher power somewhere. He/She watches over what happens in my life and other peoples and he/she, usually subtely, directs my life in little ways that lead to good things for me. Ordinarily I would have put these events down to sheer circumstance but they are far too common and coincidental to be entirely random.

He/she does not seem to be directing me towards setting time aside regularly to worship and praise him/her. Naturally this works out well for me as I have more time to focus on myself (i.e. sleeping at the weekends). I do however use my good fortune to the benefit of my good friends and anyone who could use it when I can. So regardless of whatever motive this higher power has for me, I believe that it knows that I am very grateful to him/her and this is sufficient for him/her.

As you might have noticed, this higher power has not got a name. I do not know if he/she is God, Fate or anything along those lines as he/she has yet to identify him/herself. I like to call what I do "selfish selflessness" as I sacrifice petrol, money and time to my friends who need it and it makes me happy so everybody involved wins I guess.

The best way to sum up "selfish selflessness" is from this quote from Stephen Grellet, a prominent Quaker missionary in the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular variation comes from one of those bits of tack that has a saying in it.

I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good things I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Obviously, given the existence of such potentially extreme generosity, I have to be careful not to invest it in potentially shady characters who are selfish or lazy and do not really appreciate my efforts. This has been difficult to perfect but I believe I have a system worked out to help the people I care about preferentially over those who I feel are less deserving. I guess you could say that is part of the "selfish" half of "selfish selflessness".