Harriet Beecher Stowe was the woman who said “any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of real good.” She wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin (one of my favorite novels), portraying the true brutality of slavery in America, and it’s been said that upon meeting Abraham Lincoln he said of her “so you’re the little little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”
In order to be capable of real sorrow, we have to be connected to our hearts. If we’re connected to our hearts, we cannot but help to fight for good. Harriet fought for good. She wrote a book that shocked the nation, impressed the president of the United States, and most likely opened the eyes of many who would have rather not seen- she forced people to access their hearts.
We don’t live in a society with the evil of slavery, but there is plenty evil in society. Where do you feel sorrow? What might you fight for? In what areas do you need to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless? A witness for the unseen? A hand for the helpless?
Yesterday I wrote about using your voice. The day before I wrote about having courage. How can you access your heart, use your voice and summon your courage to make a difference? Maybe you need to stand up for yourself. Maybe you need to stand up for a coworker, or a kid you notice at the bus stop. But I guarantee you the need is everywhere if we will just open our eyes and be willing to face the sorrow.
Go, do good.