Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
I am as guilty as the next person of putting things off until tomorrow or next week or next month. We can’t often do “all there is to do” in one day, even if the task or assignment or obligation is a good one. And sometimes we get ideas for projects or gifts or charitable acts that would benefit others, but we allow all the “other” things in our life to demand our attention until the idea disappears or the opportunity simply passes.
As a genealogist I’m constantly reminded that life is short. “He died suddenly…” is a phrase I read often as I do family research for people. Illness and heart conditions and fires and storms killed many of our ancestors. One of mine was killed when she took a basket of lunch to a work crew that was clearing some trees. They didn’t see her, cut a tree, and it fell and killed her. Another was killed by an unknown assailant who was never seen, nor apprehended. And certainly times have not changed. No matter what your health condition you could die today of an accident, or even more likely it seems, of an act of violence.
Those of us who are planners and schedulers and lovers of routine are probably the least prone to spontaneous acts of kindness, but perhaps we just need to try harder. I know from my own encounters with people that sometimes the simplest gestures or comments from the right person will give me more joy and encouragement than they realize. So I urge you today, while the time is at hand, to do what your heart tells you to do, and to be kind when the opportunity arises. Life is too short to postpone good things…