August 8


Today's Quotation:

A little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil. . . is needed in every nook and corner.  Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.

Albert Schweitzer

Today's Meditation:

Every day as we go through life, we're presented with countless opportunities to "invest our humanity" by sharing the best parts of it with other human beings who always could use a little more of the positive things that we're able to give to each other if we really try.  It doesn't always take a huge amount of effort, and in fact may cost us a bare minimum of time.  We may never even see the results, but we know in our hearts that this type of giving can be the most important type of giving there is.

Can you share your smile today?  Can you give a little bit of encouragement to people that you know?  Can you spend a little time listening to someone who needs someone to talk to?  Can you pass on a little card thanking someone for something they've done?  Perhaps a sincere compliment will come to mind, or maybe you'll be able to tell someone else of something kind that someone has done for you.

We tend to put little importance on such acts, partly because we rarely see concrete results.  But sharing a bit of friendship or a little sympathy may be the most important investment of time and thought that we make in the world today, even if we never find out what the act has done for the other person or people involved.  I know that in my life, a sincere compliment that I receive is something that I carry with me for a long time, and while it's fresh in my mind my life is just a little bit brighter.  I'm also much more likely to do a nice turn for someone else after someone has done a kindness for me.

Who knows?  Your compliment today may end up spreading to three or four other people, who may end up spreading it even further, who may end up. . . .

Where can you invest your humanity today?

Questions to ponder:

1.  What might the world be like if we all were to think of "investing their humanity?"

2.  What are some of the things that keep us from sharing of our own unique humanity?

3.  How do you feel when someone invests his or her humanity in you?

For further thought:

Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

Albert Schweitzer

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