DO Something!

Don’t just stand (sit or lie) there – do something! Okay. Last week I woke up one morning feeling as though there was an elephant (a LARGE elephant) sitting on my chest. (I can only assume we all have the occasional day like this.)

I remembered posting this poem by Robertson Davies in November 2012. (I also circulated it to a bunch of friends, at least one of whom put a copy of it up on her fridge, so every time I visit her, I’m reminded of it.)

It really helped get me going on that not-nice elephant morning last week, & I proceeded to make a batch of soup for someone who was feeling poorly. Made me feel tons better. (Her too!)

So, I’m sort of recycling it. Well, re-using, I guess.

Good bit of wisdom here!

Do Something for Somebody Quick!


There’s an excellent rule I have learned in life’s school,

And I’m ready to set it before you.

When you’re heavy at heart and your world falls apart,

Do not pity yourself, I implore you.

No, up with your chin, meet bad luck with a grin,

And try this infallible trick.

It never will fail you, whatever may ail you –



OH –

Do something for somebody quick,

It will banish your cares in a tick.

Don’t fret about you – there’s a good deed to do –



 ** Robertson Davies in Murhter & Walking Spirits



‘Quote of the Day’ with this post: “If ever there comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of [hu]mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never seen.” – Matthew Arnold, quoted in Utne magazine

A few others: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)


This is a story about four people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was asked to do it.  EVERYBODY was sure SOMEBODY would do it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY’s job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn’t do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done.

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein [more Einstein quotes]

“One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.” – Henry David Thoreau

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [more Emerson quotes]

“In helping others we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men. It is an attitude of the mind. It is love – and that love is the very breath of life. No one would say, ‘I will breathe only when I am with my family and friends; I won’t breathe in front of my enemies.’ Similarly, for those in whom motherhood has awakened, love and compassion for everyone are as much a part of their being as breathing.” – Amma Chi, also known as Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – quoted in Utne magazine

** New page of mother-related quotations here, in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section.