The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or good, but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage, and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected, as ready to say I do not know, if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality, to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too – up to their highest, fullest, and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant – to radiate life.”
“There is only one thing that remains to us, that cannot be taken away: to act with courage and dignity and to stick to the ideals that have given meaning to life.”
“The grand essentials of life are something to do, something to love, something to hope for.”
|“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson|
So what does today’s quote mean? It speaks to me about starting something you do not expect to see accomplished or be able to benefit from in your lifetime. Thinking ahead and beyond your own current needs or wants for the greater good and the benefit of future generations.
What trees are you planting not expecting to enjoy the shade? They may or may not be actual trees. Maybe you are planting ideas, or acts of service, or seeds of kindness. Perhaps you are thinking about the values you are instilling in your children and how future generations might go on to change the world. Something to ponder. Feel free to share below if you feel led.