Not in Vain
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
In life, we are sometimes erroneously led to believe that we must accomplish some GRAND thing for our lives to matter in the grand scheme of things. We are, like Oz the Great and Powerful, not content with being a Good man or woman; we want to be a Great One!**
I am no different.
However, one of the most important lessons I've ever learned in my life is that being good is, in fact, the truest essence of greatness. And it doesn't matter how many (or few) people know about you and your life's work. What matters is that you did your best to be your best and that you mattered in the lives of those you were able to reach and touch.
As Nazi concentration camp survivor, Viktor E. Frankl once wrote in his famous book: Man's Search for Meaning:
"Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as a by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."
Along our various quests to serve others, we should also remember that the most important service we will render will usually not be "out there" in the world on some distant shore, grand stage, or epic scale. More likely, it will be "right here" in our own relationships, homes, communities, schools, and organizations. Indeed, the quantity and quality of service we render within our own inner circle of family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors should ultimately exceed whatever "extracurricular" service we may provide to others in our outer circle of associates, acquaintances, and fellow citizens.
Tune in NEXT Wednesday for a BIG announcement from Freedom Focused and some fun stories on the subject of Sweet Southern Hospitality.