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Acts of Kindness

Andrew Wyeth Garret Room

Andrew Wyeth- Garret Room

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

–Henry James

I first want to thank everyone who took part in the fundraiser for my friend Brian Pappalardo for the incredible kindness and generosity they exhibited. I know that Brian has been greatly moved by the outpouring from both friends and folks he has never met. Though I know he is both grateful and humbled, I can’t express his gratitude here.

I will, however, express, my own.

In recent years, with all that has taken place here and abroad, it has been all too easy for many of us, myself included, to fall prey to cynicism and misanthropy at the actions of humans. Cruelty, selfishness, rudeness, ignorance, and a total disregard for others appears to be the prevalent modus operandi for a lot of folks. I know that these are not new qualities, that they have always been present in our species.

They just seem to have taken center stage in recent times.

And I know that sounds cynical and misanthropic at a time when I am trying to be kind. I will tread lightly.

What I am trying to say is that it is both refreshing and gratifying to see caring human beings extending hands of help to others in need. I speak both of the recent outpouring of assistance that had been headed to the people of Ukraine on a larger scale and the help extended to Brian on a smaller scale.

Both are life affirming and hopeful.

That is a priceless thing.

And for that, to all of you have reached out to help Brian through the most difficult time in his life, I can only offer a simple “Thank You.”

Your generosity and kindness will not be forgotten.

I am running some images and from a post from about five years ago simply because I love the work of Andrew Wyeth and the accompanying video fills the bill both for showing Wyeth’s work and this week’s Sunday Morning Music.

It’s a lovely compilation of the work of Andrew Wyeth set to the gorgeous guitar of John Williams‘ version of Cavatina from British composer Stanley Myers. No relation to me. You might recognize the song from its prominent place in the film The Deer Hunter.

Please enjoy this beautiful group of paintings and the music that accompanies it below.

Again, many thanks. And if you haven’t done anything good for someone else lately, don’t waste another moment. As Marcus Aurelius stated in his Meditations:

Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.

Enjoy your day.

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