I know that as humans we have many responsibilities. We need to work to make a living, take care of our families, pay our bills, take care of our possessions, educate ourselves, honor nature and the earth and give back to our communities.
But I believe our number one priority, our main duty, is to be kind to our fellow man, to take care of other humans, to exercise love and mercy, compassion and empathy, and do all we can to make this world a better place for all humanity. We only live once and we only have a short time to take care of each other before we die so let’s make the most of it.
Most people don’t want to be the sidekick. Most people want to be the hero. Everyone wants attention. But when most people are in a situation where they are not the hero and someone else is, they often react to the person who was the hero with resentment, jealousy, disdain and even retaliation. This is all wrong. When someone else is the hero we need to be gracious, show them encouragement, congratulate them, praise them and be happy for them. Just be patient. You’ll get plenty of more chances to be the hero and you’ll get more attention.
We all need to show more grace these days. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Hold the door for someone. Let someone who is waiting turn in front of you. If you do, you’ll see others follow your example and you will pay it forward, making society and the world a better place. Remember we are all human, we are all mortal, we all only get one life and it’s short. Make the most of it for others as well as yourself. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Words copyright 2016 by E. J. Edwards
Why are people always after Amontillado these days? They are so passive aggressive. For no apparent reason, they want to lure you off for some Amontillado and then wall you up like in the Edgar Allen Poe story. People are so false to your face, assuring you everything is fine. Then, for some unknown offense you have apparently given them, they want to try to get you fired, sue you, or take you off to try a glass from a cask of Amontillado and wall you up to die!
Is it because our society today has become such a stranger to common sense, which can’t be taught? Is it because our society has become a stranger to reason, logic and common courtesy? Just ten minutes driving on the road can illustrate to anyone how inconsiderate everyone has become. We need to open our eyes and stop lashing out at everyone with vengeance in response to the least of offenses. We need to forgive, forget and move on. Our insane sense of entitlement should result in not doing harm to our fellow man but in realizing we only live once and to treat each other with love and respect before our brief candles are blown out.
Words and photo copyright 2014 by Eddie Edwards.