“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
― John Lennon
“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
― Mark Twain
I’m listening to the radio on my drive home tonight and a prerecorded host message comes on between songs. “Here at Radio 94.7, we think Sacramento is pretty awesome. But what if every person in Sacramento did just one random act of kindness per month? How awesome Sacramento would be then? If everyone did that, Sacramento would be, like, the most awesome city in the whole country!” (Or something to that effect.)
And I was like . . .
Well, okay. First things first: Random acts of kindness equal good, so — yes, intentions are good — and effort does count, so — “Yay, 94.7.”
But then I was like . . .
“Per month?!” Whoa, people. Let’s not aim too high here . . .
I have to admit that it’s easy to get discouraged when we look at all of the sh** happening in the world today. It’s hard to see how any one of us — you or me or him or her — could make much of a difference. I sure as hell can’t feed the entire continent of Africa on my own. I also can’t stop child labor, prostitution, rape, murder, car accidents, drug and alcohol abuse, disease, or any number of other world problems.
But . . .
Then again, neither could Mother Teresa . . .
And then again, I highly doubt she held herself to a monthly kindness quota.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”