“Whether or not you recall the names of the two wealthiest people in the world—or the last few winners of the Heisman Trophy, Academy Awards, or Nobel Prizes—I’ll bet you can remember the names of two favorite teachers, or friends who stood by you, or a half dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you. We remember the ones who cared. And we can become one of those people who are held in others’ hearts and memories long after we have passed from this earth. It is what we are here to do; next to simple acts of kindness, all our personal achievements pale.
Acts of kindness close the circle of life and connect us to others. What we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others echoes throughout the ages. We can see and enjoy every sight around the world, experience every luxury or sensual pleasure. But when we look back on our lives and review our memories, none of it will match the delight of bringing a smile to someone’s face, or performing an act of courage or kindness that takes us beyond our separation. Therein lies a meaningful and purposeful life.”
Dan Millman, in “Living on Purpose”
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