I hope that my achievements in life shall be these — that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been. -C. Hoppe
It’s really pretty cool to think of the idea of us leaving the world a better place when we die. It’s really a pretty easy task, too, for there are many, many ways that we can improve life on this planet. What do you think you would accomplish if you were to encourage a young person as often as possible over the next twenty years or so? Would that boy or girl grow up to make a positive contribution to the world? And would that contribution then be indirectly, partly yours?
If I were to pick up five pieces of litter a day for the next ten years, that would make over 18,000 pieces of litter that I’ve helped to send on their way to landfills, beautifying places where I live and visit. If I regularly give of food or money or clothing to people who need it, I’ll be contributing acts of kindness that may help those people to see life in a brighter, more positive way.
My greatest achievements will have little or nothing to do with money or fame or power–I can almost guarantee you that. But I do hope that they have something to do with sharing courage and hope and enthusiasm and love. And I hope that I never turn back from sharing out of fear of not having enough for myself or my family. Risk is an important part of life, and the life without risk is a limited life, indeed.
Questions to ponder:
1. Can you make a list of the achievements you’d most like to reach?
2. Do you think that list will stay the same for many years to come?
3. What are some of the things that keep you from taking risks?
For further thought:
The greatest works are done by the ones. The hundreds do not often do much–the companies never; it is the units–the single individuals, that are the power and the might. Individual effort is, after all, the grand thing.-Charles Haddon Spurgeon