Everything Matters

Bobby Stevenson wrote this really nice post about a time during his youth when his father took him to meet The Beatles, but the most important part of the story is when the two stop on the side of the road to take a dying old woman to a hospital, and what his father told him after a doctor explained that there was nothing they could do, and that the woman had passed:

“Don’t you ever believe that what we did was in vain, son. Never think that. That poor lady would have died alone on that bench if we hadn’t stopped. As it is, you kept her company and there were people with her when she went. So it wasn’t in vain. Nothing is in vain. Always, always remember that. Everything matters.”

Nothing is in vain. Everything matters. I think I like that better than “everyone in life makes choices.” I believe that the choices I make when it comes to spending and saving and being generous matters a lot. [via Stephen Fry!]