Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day 113, April 23

"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."--William Wordsworth

Do you ever read obtituaries?  After naming the various family members left behind, they are usually composed of the individual's accomplishments.  For example, "He served as Chairman of the Board of XYZ Corporation" or "She worked as a Realtor for twenty-five years."  Those are great.  But they don't give the essence of a person's character.

So what is that essence?  How about "She volunteered in the local schools, reading to at-risk children?"  Or  "He was always there for a friend?"

These are the kind of facts I would like to see in obituaries ... or anywhere.   And I will remember, contrary to the poet's words,  the "little, nameless acts of kindness and love."

Joy for today:  remembering acts of kindness and love.

1 comment:

  1. These would be lovely to describe someone in their obituary.