What do you think of Maria Mitchell’s words? How do you or we define goodness? Is it something we just know when we see or experience?
As I get older I wonder when I was at my best. Although you couldn’t tell me back then, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t when I was working to obtain material gain or public recognition. I tend to think I was at my best when I was simply trying to do a good job for someone else. The more the “what is in it for me” was not part of the equation, the better I was for it.
So much attention these days is placed on the terrible that we forget or ignore all the good. Yet, good wins out in the end. Maria Mitchell, the astronomer, was always looking at the stars, but her words were grounded here on earth.