We may ask ourselves if we’ve shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we’re doing right by our children, or our community, whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality. And we are reminded that, in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.
This is an excerpt from the message President Obama shared in January 2011 at the University of Arizona during the Memorial Service for the victims of the Tucson Shootings. His words are an important reminder to all of us to make the most of the time we have on this earth in our relationships and service. Our living and our giving choices reflect our priorities, who and what we love, and our values.
During these times of political and religious unrest and polarization–due in large part around matters of money, status, and power –let us pause to reflect on how well we are loving others and making choices that benefit our fellow citizens.
Through a process of reflection, we can discern the ways we can demonstrate kindness, generosity, and compassion in our relationships, our faith communities, our society, and our world. There couldn’t be a better time to stand boldly on the side of love.
For the full transcript of the President’s speech: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/13/AR2011011301532.html
For more information about the Standing on the Side of Love campaign and social justice activities: http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/