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By Thomas F. O'Neill

The poem shown here
is by Thomas F. O'Neill,
and is included in his bio
which can be seen by
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The Altruistic Life

When you Love, you are loved.

When you care for others, you are cared for.

When you give of yourself abundantly, you gain an abundance in life.

When you are respectful towards others, you gain others respect.

When you are joyful you find joy in life and you bring joy to others.

When you enjoy the company of others, others will enjoy your company.

When you are forgiving, others will forgive your faults.

When you are nonjudgmental, others do not cast judgment upon you.

When you accept others into your life, others will accept you into their lives and you will never find yourself alone in the world.

Do not impose your will or beliefs upon others. Simply live your life as you would want others to live their life in doing so others will emulate your way of life.

Teach others not only with words but by revealing the essence of love that is within you in doing so others will reveal themselves to you.

Do not approach others in need with religious platitudes but rather be the presence of God to others.

Recognize the spirit of life that is within you and around you as being the spirit of love and your existence and the existence of all things as the subtle altruistic outreach of gods loving presence.

Keep in mind that the love that is within you cannot be contained in a church, creeds, or dogmas, because that Love sustains you and all things it is the Love of God.

God and life are synonymous we cannot separate the life of god from the life that is within us they are one and the same. This is not a religion or religious beliefs but simply a spiritual way of living and experiencing my life with others.

©April 2004 Thomas F. O'Neill

I wrote “The Altruistic Life” in April of 2004 and it is pretty much a brief overview of my beliefs.

Imagine if we could master these principals how much better the world in which we live would be.

    Always with love from Suzhou, China
    Thomas F O’Neill
    U.S. voice mail: (800) 272-6464
    China Cell: 011-86-15114565945
    Skype: thomas_f_oneill
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