There’s a theory that human beings are motivated by self-interest, even when they do good deeds. I like to believe that a lot of goodness comes from our ability to emotionally connect with others who share this planet. To put ourselves in someone else’s shoes for a moment. This act of being considerate or helpful can transform lives. When our friends show us kindness, it strengthens our friendships. But it’s the kindness of strangers, perhaps because it’s unexpected, that reminds us of our humanity.
I’ve been reminded of that every time I get a notice of a new “like” or “follow” or “signup”—from total strangers!
My sincere thanks to everyone who is supporting the publication of Grit and Grace in a World Gone Mad. I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Happy New Year graphic from an advertisement of the Biles-Lockhart Clothing Co. in the Prescott Miner Journal, January 1, 1914, Prescott, Arizona, p. 3. I added “2017” and the colours.