inspiration : something small

1 – Do Something Small

Consider the legend of the Lamed-Vov, 36 righteous people whose job it is to carry the weight of human suffering. No one knows who they are, including the lamedvovnik themselves. Not knowing makes it important to behave as if you might be one AND to treat others as if they might be. Why? Because if there are less than 36 lamedvovnik, the world will collapse.

Taking this legend to heart creates a new awareness for me. I have a significant responsibility, as we all do, to treat people with compassion, understanding and empathy. What if I am one of the lamedvovnik? What if the bus driver, the baker, or the old man slowly crossing the street in front of me is a member? Thinking this way, it is important I do my part to behave righteously, which begins with my smallest actions. When I behave with kindness, I plant positive seeds.

We are continually inventing what is available to us as individuals, and collectively we are continually inventing what is available to us as a species. I am someone who believes that our individual power to have doors be open for us, individually and collectively, rests in how we behave, how we act, talk and think, in the present moment, in the kindness of our actions.

For a final dose of inspiration along these lines, take a minute to watch this TV commercial. Like that one? Then look at this one, too.

4 thoughts on “inspiration : something small

  1. I absolutley love those commercial’s they are awesome and show that it only takes 1 small gesture and then it keeps going.

  2. It is an interesting to consider the legend of the Lamed-Vov. It reminds me of someone who once said that we should see a beloved friend in everyone we meet. If we did this then we would be less likely to see the world as an “us against them” place and more of a place in which we are all in it together.

    • In her book “Kitchen Table Wisdom,” Dr. Rachel Remen devotes a chapter to her experience greeting people on the street when visiting Fiji compared to not even making eye contact with people on the street she lives in California. She also quotes an elderly man she was treating who had a vision that he had spoken to God. He asked God if it was okay to love strangers, to which God replied, “What is this strangers? You make strangers. I don’t make strangers.”

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