Monday, September 8, 2014

Quote of the Week

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. - Nelson Henderson


Taking this quote at face value, it sounds like a noble thing to do.  I mean trees are pretty great right. Shade, fuel for warmth, paper, and most importantly, oxygen.  However, if we take a closer look we find a deeper meaning.

The true meaning of life is to do things for the greater good, even when you won't be enjoying the benefits. An example of this may be a leaving a legacy that supports a school, church or medical research, or becoming an organ donor.

Not every act for the greater good is on this scale, however, and the small things add up to make the world a better place.  Let's keep planting those trees so others can enjoy the shade.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely thoughts, Linda. Most of us hope to leave something that benefits others.

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  2. How are doing with the changes you're making? I hope it's going well.

    I liked that you brought up the deeper meaning of this quote. 'Tis true...

    This line was my favorite "...small things add up to make the world a better place."

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  3. That is such a wonderful post. I didn't see the deeper meaning... what a great message. It also reminds me of my Dad who always said to do acts of kindness when no one sees you... very much the same thing! :)

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  4. Thanks Hilary. It doesn't matter how large or small either.

    Yes, Sara, it is the little things. Without the little things there would be no big things. Changes should be up either late Friday or Saturday morning.

    Thanks Katherine, I think it was a good comparison using trees. They give us so much it is only fitting they be an example.

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