Joy

“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.” – John Steinbeck

Once upon a time man was weak. He’s not particularly strong; not when compared to other creatures. He’s neither the fastest among the animals, nor is he endowed with amazing senses or camouflage.

He’d be right there for the taking.

But man had a brain. Far more advanced than anything else ever seen before.

So man invented compassion.

Man invented having to take care of the weak, of the dying, of the sick, of the young and old alike…

Yes, we are not the first to employ the whole “safety in numbers” strategy, but we took it to an entirely different level.

We are stronger together.

We are here because we have the capacity, the desire, and the ability to play well with others.

Think of that next time you want to be selfish. When you’re lacking in empathy and are comparing struggles with other people, trying to undermine theirs. Think of that next time you refuse to help a fellow man.

Think of that next time you realize you haven’t gotten very far in life.

One can only travel so far by himself before succumbing to all sorts of wounds.

Now ask yourself: Did you bring joy to others?

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6 comments on “Joy

  1. I really like this. Thank you for sharing. B

  2. S says:

    I have to comment because you inspired me. I hope I bring some joy. I know I could do A Lot better.

  3. Hoping we have brought joy to you, Christian, in your quest to secure a new place to live.

  4. A wonderful question asked!! Lovely post and meaningful message given

  5. Suchismita says:

    I am going to share this over Facebook! :) So nice!

  6. pavanneh says:

    If I can die with having made at least one person happy or joyful, then my life was fulfilled.

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