This I believe


I believe in acts of kindness and self-sacrifice.

I believe there may be no more reward for those acts than committing the acts.

I do not believe those acts give promise to some guaranteed universal reward, nor immediate relief from feelings of despair, anxiety, suffering, or depression.

I believe acts of kindness and self-sacrifice are cumulative.

I believe they go mostly unnoticed, especially in comparison to the cacophony of constant demands and outcries of others, and horrific acts committed.

I believe this makes small acts of kindness and self-sacrifice more important still.

I believe acts of kindness and self-sacrifice act as a sort of undercurrent on which everything else exists, a bedrock and balance not always immediately seen.

I do not believe any particular religion, philosophy, form of government, nation, race, or gender owns domain over these qualities.

I believe the power to act in kindness and self-sacrifice for others is the greatest power an individual has.

I do not know if there is a universal intelligence that embody these qualities perfectly. Sometimes I would like to believe so. At others I think it does not matter.

I believe I am the one who needs to demonstrate these qualities as best I can, even more so in the face of a world that at the very least seems indifferent, and at its worst openly hostile.

I believe in acts of kindness and self-sacrifice.

‎”I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
-Helen Adams Keller, lecturer and author (1880-1968)

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