My cousin Jessica recently shared this quote from Mother Teresa:

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

It got me to thinking about the webs we create between one another — whether we mean to, or whether we recognize them, or not.

Think about all the ways you really belong to other people. Think about the effects your actions have on others. Think about how others depend on you. It can be bracing, and exhilerating, and terrifying.

Mother Teresa also said:

Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.

Regardless of whether we want to be connected with others, we are, and we must be. I hope, at the end of my days, I will be able to believe I have lived a useful life.

Thank you, Jessica.

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