“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” Plato
I have always admired this quote because in life, we have no idea what others are going through. That person who is mean to you could have a mental illness. That person who screams at you could be at their wits end because they are stressed from having a child at home with severe disabilities.
The ultimate happiness cannot be achieved by acquiring things but by doing for others. My daughter Paige broke up with her boyfriend six months ago. She was devastated by it and decided to sell her James Avery necklace that the boy gave her for Valentines Day. I was very proud of Paige when she decided that she would donate all of the money from the necklace to a charity that decorates rooms for kids who are in the hospital for a long time. Paige can now have a different view of her relationship. It ended, she was very upset, but now she can donate money to a good cause and feel good about that. I am going to challenge myself and others to do more for others. When you die, you want people to remember you for the kind of person you were, not by what “things” you accumulated in this world.
Today there was a very cool story about a University that donated a $1200 tip to a pizza delivery guy. (from Huffingtonpost.com)
This university practiced what they preach when they surprised a deliveryman with an incredible act of generosity. Keith Newman, Indiana Wesleyan University’s CEO of Residential Education, wanted his students to truly understand the main point of a lesson he was sharing at their weekly chapel service — “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” So, on Wednesday, Newman ordered two pizzas from Domino’s totaling $12.50 to the university chapel, WRTV reported. He then passed a collection basket around, and asked students to write thank-you notes. When deliveryman James Gilpin arrived, he was brought to the stage and presented with more than $1,200 in tips, a piece of cake and a bag of thousands of inspirational notes.