Put good in, get good out

May 12th, 2010  ·  posted in Blog by Greg

Yesterday I had a discussion with a friend of mine, and fellow Roadless Traveler, Chuck. We were catching up and then got into a discussion about happiness and how to live your life. Although the conversation covered a number of different topics, it inspired me to write about one thing in particular: the idea of “Put good in, get good out.”

I heard this phrase – “Put good in, get good out” – used on a commercial a few times, but it really struck me as something that I wanted to incorporate into my own life.  I think it really defines a lot about who I am and why I make the decisions I do.  A simple example is the foods that I choose to eat:  if I want my body to perform well (get good out) then I need to give my body what it needs to run well (put good in).  Besides just trying to eat healthy, I’ve also adopted the blood type diet into my lifestyle.

But the idea of “Put good in, get good out” runs much deeper for me.  I believe it is a basic premise for life and the world, and that I should strive to put as much good into the world as possible – with my actions and thoughts.  The more good that goes into the world, the more good will come out of it.  Very similar to the idea of karma or “What goes around, comes around.”

Of course there is much debate over good vs. bad, right vs. wrong, etc. but I think as a basic guiding principle, doing as much good as possible is never going to be a bad thing. So although this short statement might not be able to answer all the questions in the universe, I think it should be part of the few simple rules of life.

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