โ€œEvery man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.โ€ ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

We had a beautiful falling of lake effect snow in Milwaukee yesterday. Well, it was much more beautiful coming down than it looked from the pre-dawn window this morning when I knew I had to shovel it.

However, this scene greeted me as I stepped outside:

The fact that a neighbor decided to shovel not only his own sidewalk but to continue past two more houses will not make the news today. We must be the ones to note and record and remember such simple acts of generosity (as much as or more than we dwell on the stories of destruction), so that we don’t fool ourselves into thinking they don’t exist, or, worse, don’t matter. Every time we move outside of ourselves to think of another, in ways big or small, we make the world just a little brighter.