I was tidying up my home office this afternoon (envision piles of books, journals, clippings, etc.”) and revisited this children’s book. “The Three Questions”, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth and based on a story with the same name, written by Leo Tolstoy. It’s a beautiful adaptation that answers three extremely important questions relevant to both children and adults.
1. When is the best time to do things? We struggle with this every day. The uncertainty of whether we should do this thing now or whether we should wait and see if this other thing happens first.
2. Who is the most important one? I know I’m here now with this person but maybe I should be somewhere else. How can I be sure that this is where I should be and time well spent?
3. What is the right thing to do? Oh my, this is a big one! Our head may say one thing and our heart another. And of course everyone else has an opinion too.
I’m going to go ahead and spoil it for you because I know not everyone is going to rush out and buy the book. Leo and Jon, (yes, we’re on a first name basis) wrote in different worlds, over 100 years apart from each other but both answer the three questions in the same way. The best time to do things is now. Now is the most important time. The most important one is the one that you’re with. And the right thing to do, the most important thing to do is to do good. In the words of Jon J. Muth, “That’s why we are here.” That’s it people. You, me, all of us, we’re just here to do good. I’ll leave you with those thoughts and the reminder that kindness is contagious. Rub it all over your hands and spread it. Spread it real good. Our world is aching for it.
Peace and Love