This is from an email I subscribe to, written by Delilah.
My son Sammy watched a lot of children die alone in the African orphanage he grew up in. On the day I adopted him he cried and I asked him why he was so sad. He said he wasn’t sad at all; he was happy to finally have a family and people who love him. He was so happy that he wouldn’t die alone someday. He had been so afraid no one would ever know he mattered, or even lived at all.
So it has been my mission since he passed away last month to make sure as many people as possible know that Sammy lived. Because of his life and death, people will know that children like him still need love and support. Sammy was such a kind, loving child despite his rough beginnings. He would give away the shoes on his feet if someone needed them, I know that. His smile and his joy have been described as contagious. He had such a love of life and people, even thru his sickness. And so it’s his legacy of love and kindness and joy of life that I also want to pass on.
Which brings me to you. When God calls you home, what will people remember about how you lived? Will your life have made a difference? Will your love have made a difference to someone and will you have changed the world for someone, if not some people? You don’t have to be a great orator or professor or one of life’s great philosophers to impact people. You don’t have to have a lot of money or be famous to change lives. You simply have to love and show kindness and compassion.
Think about that today. Think about the simple changes you can make right now, today. Think about easy ways to show kindness to another person today. Think about the example you want to be for your children. Put it into practice today. Make a choice today to be the best person you can be in your situation right now. Just a thought.
What I want, more than anything, is to be my best for you. What I want, more than anything, is to provide you with warmth in all the places where you have wandered in the cold for so long. What I want is to become someone who gives to you with the naturalness of a fountain giving water, and receives from you with the graciousness with which the earth receives the rain.
(Enchanted Love, Marianne Williamson)
“And when I reached for you, you said no, you can do better. I said I cannot, I cannot, I am tired and I cannot try anymore.” (Enchanted Love, Marianne Williamson)