Monday, May 13, 2013

I Need You To Do This For Me

It feels like the forces of darkness are forever encroaching.

I need you to do this for me.

I know you just got home from work and you've had a horrible day, but I need you to tell someone how much they mean to you. Or get up and exercise a little. Or write a letter to your Senator about an issue that's been bothering you. Or plant something. Or educate yourself on something that's important to you. Or take care of that little chore you've been putting off for days or weeks.

Make something. Play with the kids, even if they're adults. Start that project. Call that person. Make a list of ten things that would improve your job. Share this post. Find a quiet place and for five minutes, imagine what your life would be like if you faced that fear. Figure out one way to make that dish you love just a tiny bit healthier.

What if you improved your life by one one-hundredth of a percent every day? What if everyone else did too?

The only way we're going to conquer the forces of darkness is if each one of us makes just a little bit of light. Maybe history isn't only made by individuals. Maybe our fate isn't solely in the hands of governments and corporations. Maybe if each of us becomes something more than we were yesterday, we'll start to move things.

I already know you're too tired today and you promise you'll do it tomorrow. You told me that yesterday.

7 comments:

Sue Baiman said...

Done. And done. And done.

Thank you for this. You are a light in the darkness.

Matthew Sanborn Smith said...

And you are too sweet.

John D. said...

I took a quick nap. Does that count?

Matthew Sanborn Smith said...

It absolutely counts. Now you won't be all fussy this evening.

mzanfardino said...

I took time to spend with friends whom I may not get to see as often as I'd like in the near future. It was wonderful and a little sad, but it brought joy to my life and I hope to theirs. Light is cumulative. I'm pleased to have added a few photos of happiness...

Matthew Sanborn Smith said...

That's awesome, Mark!

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