Sunday, November 16, 2008

Designated Dabbling 11/17/08

The smallest good deed is better than the greatest good intention.

Emmanuel Duguet

What is your next step in life? It's the one right in front of you.

I was living on the upper West Side in Manhattan. I was in rehearsal for a play on the upper East Side. The rehearsals began at 10 a.m. It was summer. On days when it wasn't raining I would walk to work across Central Park. I allowed myself plenty of time so that I didn't have to rush and could enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Every morning I would pass a woman, who was well but comfortably dressed and who carried a plastic bag. Every now and then she would bend over, pick up a piece of litter and put it in the bag.

Since we saw each other every morning we soon got to nodding and then greeting. One morning I stopped to chat with her. I noticed that she wasn't picking up all the litter, just some. now and then. I asked her about that and she explained that she was out for her morning walk in the park and not to clean it up, so she only dealt with the trash that was in front of her as she walked.

I have thought about that woman and her remark often over the years. It is a great life lesson. We can't change the world, but we can improve it, one step at a time.

Wherever we go in life we leave a trail behind us. Is it a clean one?

"Let there be peace in the world and let it begin with me."

Vagabond Journeys


Janice said...

I was reading comments in a blog...Sandra's something...and I ran across your comment. She was asking what to do with so many gifts to buy and your comment made me laugh out loud. Whether true or not it was so funny that I had to come tell you that you brightened my day. I hope to stop back and read you entries when it isn't so late.

a corgi said...

great entry DB!! I definitely want to leave a clean trail behind me


Beth said...

A good analogy for focusing on what we need to deal with and not being distracted by all the other detritus that we encounter along the way.


Rose said...

Great entry!

Hugs, Rose