Friday, February 27, 2015
What Have I Done This Week That Matters In the Long Run?
What have I done this week to bring comfort, joy, happiness, well being, beauty, laughter and goodness into the lives of others? Facebook and the blogosphere are filling with tributes and sadness at the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He brought entertainment, happiness and enlightenment in his life. I really don't want people to be sad when I am gone, I want them to celebrate while I am here, and when I am not for people to think, he did some good, brought some joy, enlightened a few, created some beauty, helped people laugh and in general made the world a little better by being here. I am not worried about what lies beyond this life, while I am here I might as well have some fun, and bring some comfort and joy.
I write a little, this blogging effort is forcing me to write more, and the more I do, the easier it seems to be. I do work that helps others, though anymore it is more helping the helpers then it is helping people directly. I try to create a little beauty - I have created a handful of memorable photographs and a couple of paintings (oh- few people know that I paint.) I love to cook and try to bring joy to others with good food and fellowship. The only way my music ever brought joy, was when I stopped - but I do share the music of others. I am a listening ear - and try to bring comfort to others. I inherited a sarcastic streak that is funny when I control it, and caustic when I don't. I have a tiny bit of influence in my work, I try to use it for good - to make the world a happier, safer, healthier place to grow old.
So what have I done this week, a little? I hope all of the little things add up to enough when I am done.
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I love the fact tgat his wife said one of his last sentences to his fans wasReplyDelete
" live long and prosper"
I wonder the same things, Penguin. It bothers me a lot. Will I be remembered? Or does it even matter? Once gone, I'm gone. Who knows.ReplyDelete
As a little girl I would walk home from school and dream that Spock would drive up next to me and ask me to marry him. I have never smoked or drank, and I have been a true exerciser all my life and I have COPD, go figure. He brought all of us so much to imagine and think about.ReplyDelete
Well, I can tell you one thing that you did ... you gave this Debbie Downer (me) a bit of an "aha" moment. (Apologies if you don't care for that Oprah expression).ReplyDelete
I spend a lot of time feeling sorry for myself, and thinking that the world has wronged me. Some of it justified, and I will begrudgingly admit right now that some of it not.
And something as simple as your blog post today has stopped me in my tracks. What have "I" done to help others? In the past, a lot, but admittedly in the past 5-6 years not much at all. And it's been in the past 5-6 years that I've felt the most sorry for myself.
I'm sure your kind of thinking has been around forever, but sometimes we're not open to receive the message. But for some reason, this morning, I have heard it.
So, thanks for that .... very much. Whether or not your post was meant to enlighten somebody in cyberspace, that's exactly what it did for me this morning.
The paradox of Heaven is what looks small is large, and what looks big is not. It is the little things we do that transform others. When we do them it is hardly noticeable and most of the time we will never realize we started a major transformation. I keep on my toes this way. The slight act of kindness may ripple into a cosmic significance.ReplyDelete