I was feeling gloomy, really down. Reading success stories sometimes did that to me. I had just read one about a woman who in spite of terrific odds had established a booming business after her husband’s untimely death. Instead of being overwhelmed by her grief, she had risen above it to generate the business her late husband had always dreamed of establishing.
The story was beautifully inspiring, and I should have rejoiced in the woman’s victory, but unfortunately I did not. Rather, I dwelt on my own inadequacies, my mediocrity, and my lack of achievement.
“Oh, Lord,” I prayed, “I don’t want to be a bump on a log. What can I do? What meaningful direction can my life take? What dent can I make in this world?”
It was then that I heard a voice. Not a celestial, unearthly voice, but one in my own living room, from my own television set. Precisely at the moment when my head was bent and my heart was questioning, I heard the voice (on Captain Kangaroo) say very softly, “Do you know what I would do if I could do anything with my life? Can you guess what I would choose to do if I could make any choice in the world?”
“What?” I asked, stunned that the voice in the kiddie program was asking much the same question I had just directed heavenward.
“I’d love,” he responded to his own question and to mine. “I would simply love.”
Suddenly, I was at peace. All thoughts of self-pity and enviousness vanished as tears of relief welled up in my eyes. “Thank You, Lord,” I whispered, “for such a wonderfully direct answer. Now I know the direction I’ll take and what dent I’ll make. I may not ever set up a booming business or get the Woman of Year award, but with Your help, there is one thing I will surely do. I will love. I will simply love.”