“What am I to do? I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good work, therefore, any kindness, or any service I can render to any soul of man…let me do it now. Let me not neglect or defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (An old Quaker saying)
Sometimes I watch people as they pass by me – on the road or at the grocery store – and I wonder what their “story” is. I wonder if they’re hurting or happy, if they feel loved or lonely.
And I think about what I can do to help, to make this world a better place, to alleviate some of the pain and the “cold” in this weary world.
I want to remember to use good old-fashioned courtesies – to open the door for the lady with the stroller and the bag in her arms, to ask how the cashier’s day is at the check-out line (and wait for an answer), to offer my seat to the elderly gentleman with the cane, to bring chicken soup to a friend who has a cold, to truly listen when my 11-year-old neighbor tells me about the boy that likes her in her class.
I don’t want to walk through this world – numbly, hastily, without regard for others.
I want to scatter sunshine – to take the rays of love in my heart and let them glisten and glow. I want to light a candle and run into the darkness. I want to inspire a child, to give hope and help to a destitute or disheartened friend, to make somebody laugh who hasn’t laughed in a long time.
I want to be – totally – human. Totally aware. Totally intentional about love.
This weekend is about that – about changing the world, one person at a time. Join me for articles, product reviews, giveaways, and inspiration.
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