A student asked anthropologist Margaret Mead for the earliest sign of civilization in a given culture. He expected the answer to be a clay pot or perhaps a fishhook or grinding stone. Her answer was “A healed femur.” Mead explained that no mended bones are found where the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest, reigns. A healed femur shows that someone cared. Someone had to do that injured person’s hunting and gathering until the leg healed. The evidence of compassion is the first sign of civilization.
I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
Most avoid death and those who will soon meet it.
Most are afraid to reach out and make a friend they know they will lose.
Most cringe at the thought of spending time with a stranger, but not you,
A hospice volunteer.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
"May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion."
"If you ever need a helping hand, it is at the end of your arm. As you get older, you must remember you have a second hand.
The first one is to help yourself.
The second hand is to help others."