Do you sometimes read something that just sticks with you, without even trying to remember it? A while back a book I was reading stated that, "Every time we walk past a piece of liter and pick it up, we experience a small moral victory. Every time we walk past a piece of liter and ignore it, we experience a small moral failure."
After reading that, guess what happens when I see a piece of paper? I think I've been doing fairly well, picking up more pieces of liter than I've ignored. Besides helping our planet be a little cleaner, what are the benefits of doing this?
- Develops integrity. Doing something good that likely no one else notices is a small exercise in character building.
- I've found myself paying closer attention to other small details in life. How's the saying go, "It's the little foxes that spoil the vine?"
- Everything in my life affects everything in my life. We have such a tendency to compartmentalize our lives. We say, "this is spiritual and important" or "This is non spiritual and therefore not important." I can't imagine ignoring several pieces of trash and then walking into church and singing, "I live for you alone, every breath that I take, every moment I'm awake, I give myself to you.!"