have i done any good?
Part of cultivating a good life is making love’s labor a part of your everyday.
We live in a world that continues to cause heartache. It just does. Sometimes the heartache is very personal, very private, very close to home. And as we’ve experienced yet again yesterday by what happened at the Boston Marathon, heartache sometimes comes from being affected by community, national, or global tragedies.
Even in these difficult times, there is so so so much good happening. The foundation of all that good (personal, community, global, wherever and whatever) … is LOVE. One of my favorite hymns (below) is a reminder of the significance of ONE. You. Me. One person.
Each one of us has the opportunity, every single day, to do good. “Doing” is oftentimes manifested as we physically lend a helping hand. But let’s not forget that “love’s labor has merit alone”. You can be strong, stand up for the principles you believe in, and not allow others to knock you down … while still having love in your core. It’s so important to extend our our kindness to others – difficult times or not.
And kindness begins at home.
Have I Done Any Good?
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.
Text and music: Will L. Thompson, 1847–1909, alt.