May 25

Today's quotation:

You are not here merely to make a living.  You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world.  You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.

Woodrow Wilson

Today's Meditation:

You are here to enrich the world.  Your mere presence provides the potential for the world's enrichment, but is our mere presence enough?  If not, how do we go about contributing in a conscious manner that which we want to contribute, that which can and will enrich the lives of the people we touch with our lives?

What can we make of ourselves if we don't make even the smallest effort to make the world a better place?  What do we make of ourselves if we don't try to add to the positive energy of the world by giving of our talents and abilities?  We don't have to give on a grand scale, and no one really expects us to do so--giving to the people in our own spheres of influence is enough, as long as we trust that the good that we do will be passed on by its recipients to others.

It's easy to feel hopeless and helpless when we consider the immensity of the world and its human population.  But it really isn't necessary to try to affect the world on that level--we've been put where we are and given what we had because that's where we can do good today.  Right now.  Not tomorrow or next week, but here and now.

Making a living's fairly easy for most of us.  Enriching the world takes that extra step or two, going that extra mile when we may feel like resting or giving up.  But only by giving to the world can we give to ourselves.  Only by making an effort to enrich the world--contributing in positive ways to people we can contribute to--can we contribute to ourselves and enrich our own lives, also.

Questions to consider:

What small thing might you do to enrich the world today?

What kinds of things have you seen people do that has made other people happy or stronger or given them courage?

How might you impoverish yourself if you neglect your errand of enriching the world?

For further thought:

Not what we give, but what we share,--
For the gift without the giver is bare;
Who gives himself with his alms feeds three,--
Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.

James Russell Lowell

   
  

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