Friday, October 06, 2006

Fragile balloons of fear

"To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."
- Douglas Adams

Why on earth should we offer sincereity and integrity to others when we see so little of it coming our way?

Because goodness has to begin somewhere.

The forces that want to enslave us, take away our rights and fill us with fear are all around. Their message finds its way to us without problem. The nasty people we meet are wrecking their own lives because they can't cope with it.

If you want to eat, plant a garden. If you want others to eat, help them plant their own gardens and teach them how to grow what they need.

If those who want the world to be right shrink at the apparent might of the forces that want us to fear, we will all be afraid.

What we may not realize is how fragile those forces of fear are. Their might, their courage and bravery are nothing more than bravado. If they were confident, would they need to keep reminding us about how powerful they are?

You don't need a pat on the back to do something good. The person who benefits from your good deed needs only your good example to follow to "pass it forward." Your reward is seeing your own goodness passed along.

Get that ball rolling in your own neighbourhood.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to get people to pass the good word as readily as they pass bad news.
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