Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Guelph: We Live In Deeds, Not Years

Donkey Day 2008: Watch them Fingers!!! by JohnnyBallgame

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
~Philip James Bailey

Recently we've been asked to examine our deeds more closely.  Random Act of Kindness Day and Remembrance Day were both occasions that demanded us to respond with gestures, actions, and not just words – whether that’s buying someone a coffee or standing still for a moment of deference. 

But the concept in this quote is so much larger than even that. It is really the idea that we measure our lives not by our age, but by our contributions; not by our routines, but by our dreams; and not by our money or success but by our emotions.

I think people are really used to measuring themselves and their lives by literal things – the car, the house, the job, the business, the wedding rings, the salary, and so on. But these things are cover-ups for the real things – a fa├žade veiling the actual person underneath those accumulations of status symbols.

When you look back on your life, it isn't the car you think about. It’s the time you were all singing in the car; it’s not the job you remember, but the time you all had the best staff party; it’s not the wedding ring you’ll reflect on, but those moments of being in love.

In the end, our deeds and our thoughts and our feelings are what make us human. This mad quest for status takes from us savagely – it causes us to shore up our values in the shallows, to be less than what we are; to think we are accomplished when we have so much more to do.

I heard someone say that Random Act of Kindness Day actually made her very sad. She felt that we shouldn't have to designate a day to being kind, but that every day should be filled with generosity of spirit.

Remembering that we truly measure our lives in deeds, let’s get out there and be brave enough to keep on sharing.

The car, the house, the job, the wedding ring – they are only shadows. Our deeds, our thoughts, and our feelings, are us.

~Aidan M.D. Ware 


Dave Sills said...

Nice one, Aidan =)

Dave Sills said...

Nice one, Aidan!

Aidan M.D. Ware said...

Thank you Dave!!

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