"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we
have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
-- Albert Pine
I liked this quote about doing for others. It really is just another take on the golden rule; another reason to follow it.
In the old days those that we helped would have been our neighbors and that spirit of helping one another was up close and personal, like in an old fashioned barn raising. Plus, you knew that with that kind of giving, there was always a return because one day, you'd need to raise a barn or bring in the harvest, too.
But today, the folks who need help aren't from our neighborhoods. They aren't people who would ever be in a position to help us, either. They are people whose lives would be changed, however, if somehow we could do something for them.
I think if I ever have the chance I would like to get involved with a Habitat for Humanity project. I can't hammer a nail straight or paint a straight line, but I would like to think in the company of others, I would have something to contribute. And when the project is finished, it would be something to be proud of; something to see and to touch and to use. And maybe, we can meet the recipient and know that from that day forward, what we did for that family will be remembered through their children and generations to follow. And even if they never know my name, I like that idea.
So, today my blog is really an advertisement for Habitat for Humanity. It is on my list of things to do someday when I have the chance. Here's their link:
Meanwhile, I can probably come up with a couple of ideas of how to do something for someone besides myself today. I think that is a good goal for a Monday. Don't you?
Have a great day, everyone.