“It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example.”
—Seneca, ancient Greek philosopher
Image from National Geographic
I recently watched the National Geographic documentary, Fauci, to learn more about him and his work. Covid-19 has placed him in both the limelight and the headlights and I wanted to know more.
Now eighty years old, this man has dedicated his life — usually six days a week and often putting in 12–14 hour days — to the health of people not only in the United States but throughout the world. His steadfast work ethic, scientific discipline, and objectivity were also instrumental in combating both AIDS and Ebola.
Dr. Fauci’s example of hard work and treating people with fairness and respect are good lessons for us all. He humbly admits to his shortcomings over the years, often placing his family and others behind his work — another example of always trying to do better.
Who are those you respect that bring people to goodness through their example? How can and do you strive to set a good example for others in your personal and professional communities?
“These are the things that our souls metabolize to be healthy: we need beauty, we need truth, and we need goodness.”
—John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market
Did you know that the human body can go for more than three weeks without food? The maximum time we can go without water is about a week.
Protein, carbohydrates, and fats make up our food and nourish our bodies for optimal health.
Today’s quote suggests that feeding our souls requires beauty, truth, and goodness if we are to flourish and thrive.
What is it that you hunger for? What do your body and soul need most for optimal health? How would incorporating greater beauty, truth, and goodness in each day enrich and improve your life?
“Do your little bit of good wherever you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
—Desmond Tutu, South African bishop and opponent of apartheid
I have recently finished reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. One of the ideas he points out as a way to generate individual and organizational habits that lead to greater success is to focus on “small wins.”
Too often we glamorize only the big wins – you know, those “superbowl” sized accomplishments that are highlighted in the media – without recognizing all those little steps along the way.
Develop a “little bit of good” journal, scoreboard or notebook to capture all the ways you can and do make the world a better place.
Create a separate section to capture all the little bits of good others do for you.
Imagine the possibilities of seven billion people doing this exercise!