The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while others are created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.

It would make a lot of difference to go out and reach out with other people. Life gives us many opportunities to make others feel better. Someday when we feel low, someone might reach out to us and make us feel better. Here's a beautiful essay inspired by the writings of Ron Dultz, may he rest in peace.
Come out from your homes, workplaces, schools, families and relationships, and explore the minds and hearts of the people who live in your neighborhood, and beyond it.

Your privacy is important, as are your existing ties to family and friends; but it is equally important for each of us to engage in an ever-expanding friendliness, to participate in meaningful social exchanges with people everywhere, and to discover as many people as possible with whom we can connect in a meaningful and inspiring way.

The effort to reach out and establish legitimate bonds with people who are not in our established circle of friends and loved ones beautifies the world and makes it a more productive, wholesome and safer place in which to live.

We humans were meant to be free spirits; and, as the bird flies freely from tree to tree and the butterfly from flower to flower, we were meant to rejoice in seeking out and finding good hearts, fine minds and soaring spirits: this is the social destiny of humankind.

To deny or oppose this, our destiny, is to entrap the heart, limit the mind and cheat the soul.

If you can't be a pencil to write anyone's happiness, try at least to be a nice rubber to erase everyone's sorrows....

Tim