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Light the candle of compassion

May I say to you, the light of the heart is the light of sympathy and service, the light of compassion. He who has lived not for himself alone: he lives for others.

So, I say. Light your own candle. There are so many people who say, what can we do, what can a small little person like me do? But each one of us can light a candle in his own way and the day will come, when a mighty one will come, he will collect the flames of all those small candles and a new age will be born.

Senator Robert Kennedy once said, “Many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single person. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

The story is told of a missionary meeting held in Scotland where offerings were being collected from people for various service programmes that were being conducted all over the world. People gave generously—for their compassion had been stirred by the plight of the people who so desperately needed their help.

Alexander Duff, a little boy of ten, was present at the gathering. His heart had been touched too—but he had nothing to offer, not even the smallest coin. When the basket of offerings had been passed round, the volunteers were about to take it away, when little Alexander stopped them. “Please sir, lower the basket a little!” he pleaded.

The volunteers thought that the little boy had a whim, and obligingly put the basket on the floor. Imagine their surprise, when he stepped into the basket with folded hands, saying, “I have no money to give, but I would like to offer myself to the service of my brothers and sisters!”

Many of us tend to believe that the little that we can do, counts for nothing, against the vast canvas of the world’s misery and suffering. But just as little drops of water together make the mighty ocean, so too, little acts of kindness and compassion can and will make a difference.

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