Newsletter Tip #28: Be Useful

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be useful.

An ongoing theme with these emails is contributing and being of service in order to support those around us and bring an end to this pandemic. We’ve received a lot of lovely notes  about what you have been doing during this time. One thing that struck me recently is that being useful doesn’t have to mean donating large amounts of money or sewing hundreds of masks (though those are both excellent ways to use your time and skills. BTW here and here are some of our favorite mask makers). 

Being useful can be as simple as helping your daughter learn to play guitar, something that one of our members, Tim, mentioned to me in response to an email. 

It’s a small gesture, but the intention behind it – to be of use and help elevate someone else- is everything. 

Here are some resources that can help you be of use this weekend:

Until tomorrow,


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Additional Resources:

  • The purpose of life is not happiness: it’s usefulness. Read this excellent manifesto by Darius Foroux here.