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have i done any good?

love's labor

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.


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  1. Cindy B. says:

    Thank you!!!!

  2. Lisa says:

    I take comfort in knowing that the good people of this world far out number the evil people.

  3. Leslie says:

    Thank you, I needed to hear that today. So horrible what happened in Boston yesterday.


  4. Annie Wetherbee says:

    Thank you for this thoughtful post…it helps. God bless you, Annie

  5. Jenna says:

    While running errands I noticed many people being especially helpful.

  6. Wendy Orme says:

    I love your blog posts! So uplifting. And I love the silhouette photo…MUST try it with my grandkids.

  7. Vi says:

    I needed to read this today.

    I’m not a Christian, but I believe strongly in the power of a Higher Love. Opportunities to serve that power are scattered arround us constantly. Even in the face of awful darkness and serious oppression, those opportunities can be taken.

    It’s important to remember to include oneself among those that are honored and served. That’s one of the reasons I believe so strongly in Project Life–it’s not just a chance to record the great things my loved ones do and say. It’s a chance to honor my OWN life by keeping track of it. By letting myself know that I matter and that the things I do have an impact and a long-term pattern, one that I can change.

    Honoring our own lives in this way makes it so much easier to draw the courage needed to stand up when it’s needed, even to our own despair or inattention.

    Thanks for what you do, Becky. It matters a LOT.

  8. Kris says:

    Feedback Friday

    Update on May PL kits —

  9. Tina says:

    You are a wonderful, positive example of the great things in life. I love the song you quoted. I hope I can always say that I have done one thing good. Thanks, Becky!

  10. kat-in-texas says:

    Jesus left us with the greatest commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Unconditional love. I can only imagine! Thanks Becky!

  11. Kathy L - Glen Rock, NJ says:

    Thank you for reminding us to see the LOVE of everyday things.

  12. Kathy L - Glen Rock, NJ says:

    How do you take a silhouette picture. I Love It!

  13. Beth P says:

    Lovely post and so often we need to remember little things we do can mean so so much to others, just by doing good. As a midwife, sometimes my job is demanding and stressful on me, but my focus is trying to ‘do good’ with all of my women and their families with love in my heart. I hope that just being there and holding their hand and allowing them to express themselves under sometimes enormous stress, that they feel comfort and someone is there for them ❤

  14. barbara macaskill says:

    I love this!