There is a Chinese parable about an old man who knows he will die soon. He visits a wise man and asks, “Can you show me what heaven and hell are like?”
The wise man leads him to a large, beautiful house. Inside, there many starving people seated at enormous tables piled high with food.
As they hold 12-foot-long chopsticks, the people try desperately to feed themselves, but they can’t get any food in their mouths because their chopsticks are so long.
The old man says, “Now I know what hell looks like. Will you show me what heaven looks like?”
The wise man leads him to another house exactly like the first. Inside, there are also many people with 12-foot chopsticks, seated at enormous tables piled high with food.
But these people are well fed and content. This puzzles the old man, and he asks, “I see all of these people have chopsticks too; yet they are happy and not starving. Please explain this to me.” The wise man replies, “In heaven, we feed each other.”
“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”-Mother Teresa