An observation worth noting … and pondering:
Our lives begin to end
the day we become silent
about things that matter
The contributions we feel compelled to share with others rarely amount to life-changing events for the benefit of countless others.
Each of us is equipped with a unique blend of talents, interests, and inclinations. What we do (or don’t do) with our gifts is a choice left entirely to us. Most of us go through life without making a ripple beyond our immediate circle of family, friends, and colleagues, and that’s perfectly acceptable.
Honoring our callings produces results commensurate with those achievements. Some are great and powerful, affecting millions, but they tend to be more the exception than the rule.
But each day presents us with moments and opportunities where we can and do in fact make a difference to others outside our immediate circle. An innocent and entirely bland act of kindness or courtesy can create powerful ripples for which we’ll never claim credit or even realize. There’s no requirement we receive accolades for every positive act or word we extend to another.
But in the course of our day-to-day living, there are those occasions when our small acts of courtesy become something more. Every day, it seems, we witness a random act or a harsh word which, left unchecked, tears another small piece in the fabric of our society.
In those moments, when we have an opportunity to speak out and make a difference in some small or great way, our choice to do so affirms our presence and desire to grow. When we have those opportunities great and small to add to our own life and those of others, choose well and wisely. Life Will Answer.
✼ Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of our nation’s most important 20th-Century leaders and a vital contributor to the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement.
~ My Photo: at el Morro National Monument, San Juan PR – 02.24.06
I’m a writer Looking Left and Right:
Inspiring Different Ideas, Envisioning Better Tomorrows
by sharing observations about the ideologies
which motivate our political, economic, and cultural discussions.