Do Something For Someone Who Can Never Repay You
As we were driving this morning to run a few errands, there was a heavy police presence in our area. This was unusual for a Saturday morning. It later dawned on me that it was the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
She was a South African anti-apartheid activist and was married to former President Nelson Mandela. She was very much part of the freedom struggle that led to the country’s independence in 1994.
We Are Indebted.
She, and others like her, fought for our freedom. She didn’t know me by name, but I am free today because of her. She didn’t have to, but she did.
South Africa is a better place because of her.
In a man’s world, she stood up. There is no excuse for me and you.
It’s time for ordinary citizens like you and me to pay it forward. In whatever manner we choose. There are opportunities all around us to do good and show kindness.
If you are reading this you are inherently fortunate. Our basic needs are met. About one 3rd of the world’s population live on a dollar a day. What are we going to do about it?
We can start by making it a point to get out of the endless consumerism treadmill. We don’t need more stuff. It’s a good time to clean out the house and donate unwanted stuff.
Physical clutter takes up mental space.
“My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.” — Joseph Brotherton
Our journey here on earth is temporary. We are on borrowed time. Strive to do something that will leave a mark. Not for applause or accolades, but simply because we care.
Kindness, Kindness, Kindness
Kindness starts at home. Be gentle with your spouse. Be gentle with your children. At the office. Go out of your way and make someone’s day.
Those who need it most can never repay you. It is infinitely more valuable to give than it is to receive.
People like Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela stood up and said enough. It is our turn. Let’s be the voices of the voiceless.
There is always an opportunity to show kindness. To make an impact. To help someone in a less fortunate position. We owe it to ourselves.
”Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” — Annie Lennox
We will all die one day. The saddest part will be to die without ever having lived. That is the biggest regret of the aged.
You have a chance to turn it around. Start today.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James