Today I came across one of my journals from 1990. On July 14th I wrote what I consider to be the eight beatitudes for my life:
if I can make someone laugh
if I can help someone feel better about themselves
if I can inspire someone to do something good, something creative
if I can open a new door in someone's life
if I can discover and share a new idea
if I can turn on a new light in someone's mind
if I can help someone to love, to recapture love, to be aware of love
if I can touch someone with love ...
then I will be happy!
Although I am in very different circumstances now than in 1990, these words still define what I consider to be the ideal for my life. So today I print them out, paste them to the wall, and promise myself that every day I will accomplish at least one of my personal beatitudes.