Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Impressions – Dalai Lama October 25, 2010

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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

– Dalai Lama

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Insignificant October 23, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 11:17 am
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Location: University of Waterloo Tim Horton’s

Note:

Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick me up during your day.

I have a question for you. Have you ever thought about the world and our lives as segments of time? I mean have you ever noticed how insignificant our time on Earth is? The Earth is something like 4.5 billion years old. Of that, about 1 billion years have had multicellular life with humans only appearing in the last 200,000 years. The average human life span in Canada is 80.2 years. By any measure that’s nothing in comparison to Earth’s 4.5 billion years. Even if we compare how long humans have been on Earth to say fish (505 million years) or even birds (208 million years) we make up such an insignificant amount of time. So if we’re only around for an insignificant fraction of the world’s history, do our lives even matter?

Well here’s the thing, in the small amount of time humans have been on Earth, they’ve completely changed it. So who’s to say that you can’t be part of that change? Who’s to say that you don’t have the drive to make your life significant in some way. We all have the same opportunity to leave some sort of impact. Will your life be significant? I sure hope so. I hope I can make mine significant too.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂