I know this quote has made the rounds; it never, however, fails to stop me. It's such a reminder of what we can do, daily, in our own world to help the bigger world.
When I see this quote, I go about my day with a different attitude. I see the drive to ballet (40 minutes each way) as an act of love. I see bedtime, story time, mealtimes and even the last request for a glass of water as an act of love.
I so often take for granted that my family will be here.
I often think about how to contribute more to the world or agonize about the wrongs I see played out in the media or even in my local community. I have lived and traveled in parts of the world with heart-breaking, mind-numbing poverty. It can feel overwhelming and almost futile to think I can do anything to make a difference. This quote reminds me that the foundation of whatever else I have to offer begins here, in this house, with my family.
Loving my family isn't the end point; it's the jumping off point.