A marketplace in Milan, 1984.
Photo by Ferdinando Scianna
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
– Charles Dickens
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
An amazing “Pay It Forward” gesture from a business in Wichita, Kansas.
Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha.
“There is life in a kindly reply.”
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
“Love’s Work Is Never Done”
“In some dark world, you are the sun.”
– Brooks Maguire
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
I am not impressed by someone’s ability to intimidate, cajole, persuade, manipulate, overpower or overwhelm others. No, what impresses me most are the people who have the ability to do these things, but who choose instead to let kindness lead them to success.
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