“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Friday, September 30, 2011

Living a Life That is Full of Kindness & Generosity

White Paper Origami Peace Cranes -- Legend says that making 1000 grants you a wish come true.  Making long chains of the cranes became popular after WWII when young Sadako began making them in order to try and heal herself from radiation sickness after the atomic bombs fell on Japan.  They are now an international symbol of PEACE.

We all leave this world the same way that we came into it – stark naked and with nothing in our hands.  In reality material wealth means absolutely nothing at all.  We will be remembered not for what we have, but for whom we have touched in life.  Those who live a life of generosity in all that they do may not amass great personal material wealth, but they will leave a lasting footprint on many hearts.  Think about how much better our world would be if everyone tried to live a life based on trying to amass greater points of kindness and generosity rather than personal wealth?  What if the bumper sticker that is so popular “he who dies with the most toys wins” were changed to “he who dies with the most random acts of kindness wins”?  Now that would be a challenge!

Famous quote by Mother Teresa at the feet of a statue of her on the famous St. Charles #1 Catholic Cemetery in New Orleans, LA.

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