A Humble Voice

A little over a year ago I posted a video to social media about a question that had been haunting me.  The question was "What would you do if you only had one year to live?  In concluding my thoughts, I realized that there were really two ways to live.  A person could either live selfishly (looking for what they could get) or selflessly (looking at what they could give).  The whole experience helped me look at life differently.

The whole purpose of this blog and weekly radio features is to empower families to love well.  I've found that it's very difficult to focus on loving others when you're turning the attention to yourself.  That's why this week's tip is so important to me.  As a national speaker and radio host, the nature of my job means that the spotlight is on me.  If you really know me though, you know that my deep desire is to love others through my work.  I want to turn the spotlight back on my audience and make them feel loved, encouraged, and empowered.

Loving others means keeping your ego in check.  It's fine to be proud of yourself for accomplishing something or proud of your kids when they win a race or achieve great grades.  We must be careful though not to get so carried away loving ourselves that we forget to love others.  People that act selflessly are always easier to respect that those that act selfishly.

Love is Not Proud and Does Not Boast


Jeff Veley

Jeff Veley is youth speaker, bullying expert, and social skills educator.

His mission is to equip students with the social and emotional skills that empower them to face adversity, grow in resilience, and solve their own social problems by exercising the Golden Rule.

To date, Jeff's message has reached over one million people.  Jeff and his program have been recognized by the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative of the United Nations and are a recipient of the Golden Rule International Award for effectiveness in teaching conflict resolution.  The United Nations officially recognizes Jeff as a Goodwill Peace Ambassador in over 120 nations of the world.