“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” —Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th U.S. President
I think sometimes we treat life like one big errand. We have a to-do list mountain miles long and we run-run-run each day to cross off one or two things while adding five more items we forgot from the day before.
But, life isn’t an errand. Life is an encounter. It is more than a task or a chore. What President Wilson was referring to in his above quote is a duty, a responsibility—a legacy.
When we stop running ragged and intentionally choose to make today significant we enrich the day for not only ourselves but for each person we come into contact with. It is in these significant moments that we make a great change to the hurting hearts around us and possibly even our own.