Gilbert Blythe
Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe.

In times like today’s, ask: ‘What can I do to help, if not today, but in the future?’ However small, you can make a difference; and you can feel proud of it. This is sentiment is echoed below by Gilbert Blythe as he converses about life to Anne in the novel Anne of Avonlea from The Anne of Green Gables Collection. It is a wonderful passage worth taking in.

'I want to do my share of honest, real work in the world, Anne … add a little to the sum of human knowledge that all the good men have been accumulating since it began. The folks who lived before me have done so much for me that I want to show my gratitude by doing something for the folks who will live after me. It seems to me that is the only way a fellow can get square with his obligations to the race.'

'I'd like to add some beauty to life,' said Anne dreamily.

'I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more … though I know that IS the noblest ambition … but I'd love to make them have a pleasant time because of me … to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.'