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Following Zev’s death much of what I believed and how I viewed the world fell away. Upon emerging from the shock, I began to slowly rebuild my life, my belief system, my moral compass. My perspectives, choices and actions have changed as a result.

I often wonder if any of what we do here matters… all the energy and love I poured into Zev — what of it? Was it all for nothing now that she no longer inhabits her body? What is the point of doing good deeds, or of making a ‘difference’? This is very callous and jaded I know, and yet it is how I think sometimes.

One of my Aunts sent this (excerpt below) to me today and upon reading it I burst into tears. What wonderfully powerful words of truth and wisdom. Words to be taken to heart and acted upon. I think this is a great attitude to have and something I needed to hear and be reminded of. I hope you take something positive from it as well.

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Be successful anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness may make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years creating, others may destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it will never be enough.
Give the best you have anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Theresa


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