Dear future Melly,
I hope you are being socially and environmentally responsible.
I hope you have tried hard to be more altruistic in your life, rather than thinking only about yourself (what can I buy, how can I get ahead, who have I cut in on to get to where I want to go). As necessary as introspection is, you don’t want to become narcissistic.
Two small and beautiful things happened earlier this week that has made
2010-Melly think hard about her social and environmental footprint;
The first was the delivery of two Keepcups (see www.keepcup.com.au) which I ordered last week that came with the quote;
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
And the second was a lovely quote that my friend Janine sent through which is;
“If you care about what other people think, you will always be their prisoner” – James Frey
And so with that in mind, I will strive to be better; not buy into frivolous advertising, but to work on shining up my soul and limiting the damage that I can cause other people and my surroundings.
There was a quote from John Steinbeck’s legendary novel Of Mice and Men that has stayed with me long after I closed the book covers which is beautiful in its profoundness;
“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.”
With this all in mind, I’ll end on this one quote that sums it all up perfectly;
“Strive not to have more, but to be more.” – Oscar Romero