When we travel long distances on a highway or hike along a favorite route we will have specific points where we pull over to rest. That rest is for rejuvenation so that we can continue on and complete our destination. When doing charitable deeds for others, or going the “extra mile”, we might also need to rest to refresh our inner life. The expression “the extra mile” refers to acts of service for others that go beyond what is required or expected. The expression probably comes from the Bible, when Jesus declares in his Sermon on the Mount, “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. “The verse is a reference to the practice of “impressment” which, among other things, allowed a Roman soldier to conscript a Jewish native to carry his equipment for one Roman mile — no easy task considering a Roman soldier’s backpack could weigh upwards of 100 pounds (45.4 kg). “The extra mile” can also refer to trying harder to please someone or to get the task done correctly; or to do more than is required to do to reach a goal. For example; “I like doing business with that company. They always go the extra mile.” Or, “My teacher goes the extra mile to help us.” Along the way we should keep our eye on milestones. Milestones are constructed to provide reference points along the road. This can be used to reassure travellers that the proper path is being followed, and to indicate either distance travelled or the remaining distance to a destination. Such references are also used by maintenance engineers and emergency services to direct them to specific points where their presence is required. This term is sometimes used to denote a location on a road even if no physical sign is present. From here we will begin this essay, “When Going The Extra Mile Have A Milestone In Sight.” This article will suggest that spiritual milestones will keep us blossoming with good fruit and keep us in touch with the divinity of our inner life as we endeavor to go the extra mile for another.
When going the extra mile keep an eye on your relationship to the deity within which is the milestone to keep us on the path of civil and divine behavior. The divinity of the soul is a permanent marker that guides us into civil behaviors as we make our way through life. If we lose sight of that milestone then we deviate into uncivil and primitive attitudes. Going the extra mile for someone turns into chaotic ventures unless we revere the divine goodness of our inner life. Our internal spiritual fruitfulness are rewards for honoring the supreme being that permeates this universe which is more important than praise coming from a deviant path. From those internal rewards we are at peace with doing charitable deeds, not conflicted. In that peace we develop social fruits of harmony as we follow the divine milestone which keeps us from hateful attitudes towards others. We go the extra mile because we live in the light of the divine worth of humanity and desire to contribute to deity’s creation. If we lose sight of that milestone then we debase our own worth and sabotage the welfare of others in what we do. When we have an optimistic positive energy in doing for others then we are following the proper milestone, but losing sight of that marker causes nagative pessimism in our deeds for one another. The rewards of inner fruitfulness comes about because we are doing according to the divine residence of our inner life, not because we are trying to please the carnal or worldly expectations of flesh and blood.
When going the extra mile keep an eye on the blossoms of the spiritual fruit which is a milestone to keep us soft, moist, and tender along the path. There is a huge difference between going the extra mile across an extremely hot dessert that is certain death, and going the extra mile where there is the ability to refresh ourselves on an oasis along the way. Keeping our eye on a “watering hole” where we can rejuvenate the spiritual fruitfulness of our inner life is essential to continue in charitable deeds. That fruitfulness enables us to carry on in the compassion that love, kindness, and goodwill affords us. It is also the milestone that we keep our eyes on as we go the extra mile. If we become dry, heated, and inwardly spent then hardness begins to form within, which is apprent through hints of hatefulness, ill-intent, and cruelty within our endeavors. It is then that we need to rest from from our deeds to allow spiritual fruitfulness to return to us. If not, we lose sight of the fuel of perseverance and the milestone up ahead seems too far away as we seek to end our efforts to go the extra mile to do well for others. In that event a simple request to lend a helping hand turns into quick, short tempered, impatient, and out of control responses to those making the request. When the burden of the upcoming milestone becomes too overwhelming we should refuse a request through the fruit of self-control, patience, and perseverance within the divinity of our soul. In going the extra mile it’s imperative that a tranquil spirit lives in us through meekness, gentleness, and peacefulness towards those our deeds are directed towards. If within that milestone we begin to perceive harsh aggression leading to abusive conflict within our endeavors then refrain from engaging in that activity. Rewards for doing charitable deeds come from within through the deity who has residence through our inner life. The rewards for doing well in going the extra mile are given to us through the spiritual nature of joy, faith, and goodness. That is where our optimism lives to give us the ability to smile, sing, and whistle as we work. We are in a dire situation when the milestone begins to manifest with hints of evilness, despair, and pessimism. When going the extra mile be sure we follow the milestone where love, peace, faith, and perseverance are waiting for us along a roadside rest as our spiritual oasis.
When going the extra mile keep the milestone of health in sight. Our health comprises our physical body, emotional feelings, and mental processes. In that event we want to keep enough reserves within so that when we do compassionate deeds within the valley of difficult circumstances we can still blossom with spiritual fruitfulness. We can then determine our milestone to be a marker of good fruit within our thought processes, what we feel in the process of doing charitable deeds, and in our physical well-being. If we begin to feel unfruitful in going the extra mile then we begin to think negatively about helping others, which causes us to develop sour emotions in the process of our endeavors. To complicate that by jeopardizing the welfare of our body is detrimental to everything else we do from day to day. Losing sight of the milestone relating to our health hardens us to inner fruitfulness and causes us to find other means to comfort our discomfort. We might rely on prescribed or unprescribed drugs for our relief, seek solace in mood altering drinks, suffer a loss of sleep, indulge in unhealthy smokes, and become inwardly unsanitary and perhaps outwardly. By having a healthy milestone we retain fruitfulness of our inner life to keep our mind focused on the oasis, to keep our emotions full of compassionate fruit, and to nurture the limits of our ability. As we seek the milestone of health in going the extra mile we are looking for patience, self-control, and perseverance. We drink of patience to wait for fruit to blossom to enable us to do another good deed. With patience we excersise self-control to keep us in order by not trying to go beyond the point of rational goodwill. And with that we persevere in the spirit of compassionate intent for one another.
When going the extra mile keep the milestone of safety in sight. We do that by having our mind full of information relating to the divinity within us for the purpose of being able to quell extreme efforts for the purpose of guarding the soft fruitfulness of our inner life. This milestone would keep our eyes fixed on endeavors that contribute to our bodily safety along the road, to keep tranquility at our place of residence, and to maintain our stability from day to day. In essence, when going the extra mile for one another it should contribute to a safe and secure outcome for the doer as well as for the recepient. If we saw that our efforts to bring a possible good would only lead to bodily harm, domestic conflict, or cause instability then that effort contributes to chaotic results. In that event, we should refrain from that activity and drink from the oasis that allows the spirit of peace, meekness, and gentleness to blossom from within us and within our environment. The rewards for going the extra mile are of the deity of our soul who treats us with spiritual fruit. That divine presence comforts our mind with serenity to enable us to buffer the extremes of fleshly urges which in turn has the effect of keeping us spiritually fruitful from our inner life. A safe and secure envirobnment is what the supreme being of this universe rewards humanity with for appropriate behaviors and is the milestone we keep our eyes on when going the extra mile.
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
When going the extra mile keep the milestone of a fruitful place of belonging in sight. A fruitful place of belonging is where there is devotion to one another within a population of people. Within that population is a welcome for each individual who contributes in a wholesome way to the harmony within that grouping. In that event, we can go the extra mile to bring charitable goodwill to one another. The milestone we keep our eye on should be blossoming with tolerance, acceptance of differences, and sensual intimacy to add to a constructive place of belonging. If we begin to feel intolerant of those in need and reject others because they are too needy then we need to refrain and do nothing more. If you continue doing acts with a negative attitude towards the needy then various forms of abuses will occur because within our behavior we convey an attitude of disgust and exclusion. In this light, allow yourself to rest when you see those signs beginning to manifest at the next milestone. During that rest refresh yourself from the divinity of your inner life to allow kindness, goodwill, and love to rejuvenate your emotions, thoughts, and deeds. A loving place of belonging is our reward from the divine presence for going the extra mile according to the soft and moist tenderness of our inner life. Let’s keep our focus on that mile marker.
When going the extra mile keep the milestone of the light of divine worth in sight. Being able to see the living divinity within yourself and others is essential to bring beneficial results. This enables us to know our importance to the deity of this universe and keeps us aware that each individual is responsible to that divine presence. In essence, mutual respect for one another is a milestone when going the extra mile to bring goodwill. Any charitable deed we do will have the rewards of spiritual fruitfulness, peace, positive energy, and contribute to life. We serve through the light of the divine worth of humanity and therefore our rewards come from the supreme being of this universe. If our endeavors desolates our inner life, causes chaotic results, induces negativism, or causes fatal attitudes to manifest then our deeds are not in reverence to our divine worth. At that point it’s time to refrain from any other endeavors to refresh our own dignity and to restore our respect for those we go the extra mile for. The milestone of mutual benefits that comes from the divine goodness of our soul is paramount when going the extra mile.
When going the extra mile keep the milestone of constructive expression of identity in sight. Follow the milestone that allows the radiance of positive energy to have a place within you for the purpose of stimulating a positive attitude in self expression as we spread optimism everywhere we go and in all we do. This constructive energy is what we want to be known by and comprises our identity. The milestone we keep our eye on is for the purpose of maintaining edifying words and constructive behaviors as we go the extra mile to do good for others. It’s important that optimism flows from our inward identity as we put ourselves into the service of others. What would be the purpose of volunteering to help those in need if everything we say and do causes the recepient to feel despair, sadness, and evilness towards the doers of “good?” In this light, we see how a milestone is essential for keeping an eye on the fruit of faith, joy, and goodness, as we proceed from one endeavor to the next. These fruit allow us to refresh ourselves with inner happiness and an optimistic persona so that in our aid to others we are able to spread some spiritual sunshine along with the worldly necessities. Our identity is known by the fruit that blossom around us and in us and that is why our words and deeds should be maintained by a fruitful mile marker as we go the extra mile.
We can assess that when going the extra mile we should have the milestone of the divinity of our soul in sight for the purpose of keeping us on a spiritually fruitful path. The diagnosis is that going beyond the point of fruitful internal rewards causes us to begrudge the activity we do which leads to spoken or unspoken conflict with others. In that event, we plan to go as far as we can for one another from the milestone of divine qualities that are of our inner life. We implement that plan by assuring that the spirit of love, goodwill, kindness, joy, goodness, patience, and self-control continue to live in the process of going the extra mile. We know we are successful in going the extra mile when we are rewarded with spiritual fruitfulness which comes from reverence to the deity of our inner life.
There are some people who want to deny us the foresight of having a milestone in sight when going the extra mile for others. They do not want us to see the possible anger, conflict, and turmoil we might experience by attempting to help those whose only intention is to trample on our feelings of peace and tranquility when doing good deeds. Their intent is to keep us depressed, sad, and in a pessimistic attitude towards charitable work and when assisting others as they desire to rob us of the joy, happiness, and goodwill in going the extra mile. Bargaining, conversing, or negotiating with them amounts to efforts to diminish the positive feelings in your desire to help others as they pose themselves as the source of all needs, assistance, and philanthropic activities. Even so, acceptance of the divinity of our inner life as our milestone to guide us along the way is the only way to keep us spiritually fruitful towards others in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
There are identifying aspects of the sources that attempt to exhaust our desire to go the extra mile from the fruitful qualities of our inner life. The source can be a culture of people with beliefs that are destructive to acts of goodwill, or populations who decide that philanthropy is not in their best interest, or smaller groups who display hostile behaviors towards the compassion of others. The attitudes that exit all of those reservoirs are similar. The sentiments flowing from their words are harsh, aggressive, and argumentative towards the soft, moist and tender attitudes of inner life. They also go beyond words as their behaviors attempt to intercept or otherwise thwart the effort to go the extra mile for those who would need it. In effect, their words and behaviors tear down the milestone that we attempt to focus on which causes us to lose sight of socially responsible endeavors.
Those attitudes transfer directly through people who have chaos and irresponsibility planned for the future for the purpose of coercing submission from individuals dwelling within a fragmented and “cold” world. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people who have lost sight of the oasis at the milestone and feel despair and pessimism in trying to connect with others within a caring venue.
Attitudes that oppose going the extra mile enter into us through our desire to feel worth and to have a place of belonging with those we consider to be “friends.” Initially it’s a positively constructive event to do more than others expect to bring a sense of joy and love to one another. We even keep our eye on the milestone to assure that we drink from the oasis that keeps us rejuvenated from the divinity of our inner life. In that event we interact with one another to welcome, accept, and give a sense of belonging within an environment of loving kindness. In contrast, our attitude might change if there is constant ridicule, humiliation, interference, disparagement, exclusion, and ostracization when making an effort to go the extra mile. We are not able to find refreshment from the “peers” surrounding us which deflates our sense of worth and the milestone we once had our sights on becomes lost within despair and pessimism.
Those susceptible to negatism towards helping others feel like they need to help those who request assistant but they never have time to drink in the spiritual fruit. They have never considered that keeping an eye on a milestone would enable them to refrain from charitable works that jeopardize their relationship with the deity of the soul. They continue to do, and do, and do, and do until they run themselves dry inwardly as sour attitudes begin to develop about the benefit of helping others. We can interrupt the cycle that infects our willingness to do good deeds for one another. We can do that by realizing it’s necessary to follow the milestone that is of our inner life which is the divinity of our soul. As we keep a focus on that divine milestone we refrain from works that harden us and make us callous to fruitful endeavors. We rest and drink from the oasis of the spiritual fruit to keep us soft, moist, pliable, and compassionate. Our rewards are of the deity that permeates this universe and all that we do must please that supreme being to be rewarding