Lately, people seem to be asking, why. Why did this happen? Why am I here? Why are they acting that way? Why, why, why? We may never know the answer to that question while we are here on Earth. I believe we each have a purpose and it’s up to each of us to try and discover that purpose. Yet, we may never know in the moment the answer to why.
My friend told me a story about her dad, who lived a long life, well into his 90’s. Toward the end of his life, he suffered an illness and for a few years after, every time my friend would visit, he’d say, “Why am I still here?” She’d say, “I don’t know Dad. When you get to heaven, you’ll have to ask God.” At this point in his life, it was not easy for her father to walk. He used a cane and moved slowly, but he went to Mass every day.
At his funeral, my friend noticed a young mother with two small children in tow. She introduced herself and inquired as to how this woman knew her father. The women responded by telling my friend what an inspiration her father had been to her. “It is hard,” she said, “with two young children to get ready and get to daily Mass, but I’d see your Dad, struggling to walk with his cane, and I was inspired. I thought if he can do it, so can I.” My friend turned to her father’s open casket and looked down and said, “See, Dad. There’s your answer.”
You may not know why, but even the smallest of our actions can have a positive impact on someone else.
Go out today and be an inspiration.