"Your life does matter. It always matters whether you reach out in friendship or lash out in anger. It always matters whether you live with compassion and awareness or whether you succumb to distractions and trivia. It always matters how you treat other people, how you treat animals, and how you treat yourself. It always matters what you do. It always matters what you say. And it always matters what you eat.
“When you choose to affirm the dignity inherent in life and to uphold the beauty, the magic, and the mystery of the living Earth, something happens. It happens whether or not anyone else recognizes your efforts, and it happens regardless of how wounded and flawed you are. … Your life becomes a statement of human possibility. Your life becomes an instrument through which a healthier, more compassionate, and more sustainable future will come to be.”
~ John Robbins, in The Food Revolution
"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
~ Mohandas Gandhi
For the next several days (working up to every day) try to pay attention to all the myriad ways you make a difference, from speaking kind words to a harried colleague, to showing extra patience with your child, to making choices that do more good and less harm, to speaking out, even when you’re afraid to. If you need an extra boost, write yourself a letter of support – e.g., 10 Ways That I Matter -- and hang it somewhere visible to help your member that everything you do matters.
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