Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what need to be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. — George Bernard Shaw
We live in a shallow and self-indulgent society that spends an inordinate amount of time, money and effort on a never-ending quest to fill the frightening emptiness of our lives. We surround ourselves with piles of expensive toys in the vain hope of staving off the meaninglessness of our lives.
But in the end, we know we must continue fleeing if we are not to be overcome with despair. We realize that happiness is not the answer.
Shaw, one of my favorites, cuts through this fear when he instructs us to just “get ‘er done.”
Therein lies the answer. Do what needs to be done. Stop being so self-absorbed and do what needs doing. And in the doing there is greatness.
Last week, my daughter, Amy, lost her battle with breast cancer. For those who loved her, our lives have changed forever. Faith in the grace and loving kindness of a merciful God sustains us, but there is now an emptiness that defies description.
Amy’s struggle is over and she is at rest. Her victory is won. But, for her family, nothing will ever be the same. We were close and loving, yet we all now regret not expressing our love for her more often.
Last night I came across some words of wisdom that’s worth repeating. I wish I knew the author.
In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never know when you may not have that chance again.