Today one of the topics I’m reflecting on is the topic of goodness. We’ve got a long way to go before we’d be considered “good,” yet there is much goodness in the world. Pablo Casals said:
“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.”
As with many things this is where goodness starts: with each of us. We have so many abilities, capabilities and choices in our lives. We truly don’t have to remain where we are or who we are. We’ve all got the ability to create a better today and a better tomorrow. But, as Casals points out, we have to listen to and act on it, or it’s pointless. You can have all the dreams, desires and hopes in the world, be given the best education, read thousands of books, but without doing anything with all of them what good are they? The people who we are impressed with are those who have had big dreams and done something about it.
Goodness, like anything else in the world only happens when we take courageous action to fulfill it and bring alive in the world. I don’t know about you but I believe the world needs more people doing the right thing, doing random acts of kindness, making things right and making a difference wherever they can. As I’ve said countless times before and will say again, it starts with each of us. We may not be able to change the entire world by ourselves, but without each of us doing our part the world will never get anywhere close to the world we dream of.