Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nine Nails

Today, as I went for a walk, I picked up nine nails, screws and various other tire hazards from the roadside, in order to prevent damage to someone's tires.

Why would I bother to get my hands dirty like that?


I own the world.

Oh, not in terms of entitlement or actual property ownership. But in terms of responsibility, and in terms of love.

That doesn't mean I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. I just do what I can. It is just a small thing, but every time we do some small act of kindness, we make the world just a little bit better.

Now, obviously, I can't pick up every nail or screw from the roadside, and I won't save everyone's tires. But that doesn't mean I can't save some. I can make a difference, even if it is a small one.

I love this quote from one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, which she attributed to her mother, "Many hands make light work."

One person performing one small act of kindness makes a difference. But imagine how much of a difference it would make if everyone performed one small act of kindness every day or even every week.

A lot of people doing tiny things would make a gargantuan difference in the world. I believe it is happening much more often than we think. Let's make it happen even more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Help from Tom Robbins

“To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.” - Tom Robbins. This is precisely what I had in mind when I began this blog. Thinking the unthinkable, believing the unbelievable, expanding the parameters of what is possible.

What happened to that?

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” - Tom Robbins. This has me wondering, Am I committed to anything any more?

Maybe these words are here to be lights unto my path. Hmmm...we'll see where this leads.