Inspirations, Wednesday, October 31

by Emmy B.

Early this morning before work, I was reading the last chapter in a mystery novel I had picked up from the library over the weekend. Of course, the heroine had just avoided being killed by the villain of the story. She was talking with her aunt about her close call, and her aunt said something that struck me, “Being with family and friends, having health, safety and well-being… they’re the only things that really matter in the end. No matter who you were or what you accomplished, at the last gasp it comes down to this: Were you a good person? Did you leave this world a little better than it was when you came into it? And did you act with love?”

I started thinking about those three criteria. OK, so I do try to be a good person who acts with love. But, what have I done to make the world a little better? I usually get so wrapped up in the every day minutiae of living, I’m not really sure I think about if I’m making the world a better place. Sometimes that challenge seems a little daunting. Let’s face it. I’m not Mother Teresa, working with the poor in India. So, how can I be sure my little piece of the world will be better just because I existed in it?

Note to self: Remember and take to heart the immortal words of Blessed Mother Teresa: “What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

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