On his deathbed, Aldous Huxkey reflected on his entire life's learning and
then summed it up in seven simple words: "Let us be kinder to one another". All
too often, we believe that in order to live a truly fulfilling life we must achieve some great
act or grand feat that will put us on the front covers of magazines and newspapers.
Nothing could be further from the truth.A meaningful life is made up of a series of daily
acts of decency and kindness, which, ironically,add up to something truly great
over the course of a lifetime.
Everyone who enters your life has a lesson to teach and a story to tell.Every
person you pass during the moments that make up your days represents an
opportunity to show a little more of the compassion and courtesy that define your
humanity. Why not start being more of the person you truly are during your days
and doing what you can to enrich the world around you?In my mind, if you make
even one person smile during your day or brighten the mood of even one stranger,
your day has been a worthwhile one. Kindness,quite simply, is the rent we must
pay for the space we occupy on this planet.
Become more creative in the ways you show compassion to strangers.Paying the toll
for the person in the car behind you, offering your seat on the subway to someone
in need and being the first to say hello are great places to start. Recently, I
received a letter from a reader of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari who lives in
Washington state. In it she wrote:"I have a practice of tithing to people who
have helped me along my spiritual path.Please accept the enclosed check of $100
with my blessing and gratitude." I quickly responded to her generous act by sending
one of my audiotape programs in return so she received value for the gift she sent
me. Her gesture was a great lesson in the importance of giving sincerely and from