The healing power of touch, through a simple hug. Spending the night listening to a troubled friend. Offering to carry bags of groceries from the supermarket to the car, for someone you don’t even know. Giving some wildflowers to an elderly stranger sitting on a park bench. Feeding a hungry stray cat. The opportunities to show kindness … are simply endless.
On Human Dignity:
To treat a person ― any person, every person ― with respect and human decency… this should be the standard, not the exception.
To help ease the suffering of another human being… is the most noble act of all.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’
Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.”
— Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
Photo via steveberger.gracechapel.net.