You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.
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What a marvelous sentiment - how lofty an ideal - and how utterly impractical.
The world at large is just too big an assignment for any one of us.
But I agree with the idea that we are here to enrich each other whenever the opportunity presents itself.
There are so many ways to make the life of someone else richer, and many of them do not require abundant resources, great talent, or even lots of time. They only require that we be mindful of where we are and who we are with, and that we make the effort to offer even a small service or affirmation of one another.
A little over a week ago I attended a potluck luncheon in the lovely home of one of the women in the Bible study group I attend. She did not prepare any great feast, but instead invited us each to bring an ingredient for a taco salad buffet. So no one had to cook very much of anything. It was a terrific luncheon and we all enjoyed her hospitality immensely.
I meant to send a "thank you" note the very next day. But I did not. Phone calls came in, appointments had to be kept ... life moved on. Thus, I thought, "I will be sure to thank her again when I see her next Wednesday morning at the study group."
But this past Wednesday morning she was not there. Instead she is in a hospital far from her home, where they removed part of her lung. She will be hospitalized, another week to ten days, and will be in unable to leave her house for another three months or more. She will not be returning to the study group.
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She enriched about twenty lives last week. And this week, I impoverished my own a little, when I failed to follow through on my good intentions to send that card right away. Yes, I will send a card tomorrow, perhaps with some flowers. But those small gestures will be tinged with the sorrow of what she is enduring.
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I forgot my "errand" of not just living, but remembering to enrich someone else as soon as I have the opportunity.
Hope someone took the time to make your day a little richer, and that you found a way pass it along to someone else. Until next time ...Marsha