“Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed.” Text by Will L. Thompson, 1846-1909
While I am walking/running (without ear buds) or while showering. That is when I have those “ah-ha” moments. Just this morning while shampooing, I was reflecting on an article from our local newspaper. Then it hit me!
The article was about an acquaintance, Sunny P, who is being recognized for her experiences on and off the basketball court. In it, she recounts how her basketball successes would not be possible if it were not for the decision of a local school board to add women’s basketball to their list of activities at the high school level starting her senior year.
She then went on to say how her athletic skills were honed by playing ball with her brothers. She felt happiness in the fact she touched the lives of others through her coaching who are now touching the lives of others in their coaching!
During my “lather, rinse, repeat”, I suddenly realized that all the good that has happened in the life of Sunny P was the result of rather simple, everyday experiences and decisions done by simple, everyday people all around her! I do not know first-hand if that school board knew they were impacting an individual life that would turn around and touch the lives of hundreds. Being an older brother to sisters, I am somewhat certain that Sunny’s brothers were not helping to improve the skills of their younger sister out of the kindness of their hearts, knowing it would help touch the lives of other girls! While sitting in high school, I am not sure those high school girls were even aware of the joy they would later give Sunny as they themselves chose a profession that would perpetuate that cycle of giving.
What about you and me? What are we doing today to bless the lives of others? The good news is that the things we do will not always need to be earth-shattering. Just do something. Smile. Encourage. Hug. Make a friend of the friendless. Say “hi” to everyone. Though this should not be our motivation, who knows, maybe someday, an article will be written in which someone you touched expresses appreciation for that simple, everyday decision!
When you lay down at night, take a moment to apply the words of Will L Thompson, “have I done any good in the world today?”
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If you feel inclined, please comment on this post by sharing an experience of how someone touched your life for good. As you do so, we all will be blessed!