If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
This has always been my favorite poem. I read it in high school and have loved Emily Dickinson since.
It is a very simple message, if you do one good thing for someone your life has meaning. You don’t have to be a war hero, find a cure for cancer or be elected president. You just have to be a good decent person.
We should never be quick to judge someone or to idolize them. Every life has value.