It can be discouraging to realize
A tree is known by its’
fruit; a man by his deeds.
A good deed is never lost;
he who sows courtesy
reaps friendship, and he
who plants kindness
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It can be discouraging to realize just how harsh and apathetic our world has become.
One person, one voice, one small act….can make a tremendous difference.
As long as we draw breath we are alive, alive and kicking as the saying goes, never giving up hope that tomorrow will be better.
My days are filled with individuals who are facing end of life, or the families who have just experienced the death of a loved one. Incredible individuals and families who are strong yet vulnerable, brave then frightened, confident but confused…..back and forth, round and round! For all of these individuals the immediate is indescribable and emotion saturated…and the days ahead are probably going to be difficult to navigate on oh so many levels for an undetermined period of time.
I am fortunate to have been given a window with a view of the best in mankind. The times when people are in the depths of despair or experiencing the most anguish, I am privy to some of the most incredible and true acts of kindness that neighbours, associates, friends and relatives accomplish; people reaching out with genuine care and compassion.
What matters in this life – what allows us to be our best selves is the understanding and willingness to embrace the knowledge that with privilege comes responsibility.
Privilege isn’t always something you can measure in property, possessions, or dollars; privilege can be something you possess because of ability, birthright, or grace.
Good deeds have substance….and the best ones lack pomp and publicity.
As long as we live, we have the responsibility to be our best selves - kind, charitable, compassionate, courteous, unselfish, patient, and forgiving.
As long as we have life, we have the privilege of enough time to make a difference that truly matters to someone’s heart.