I see things a bit differently than others sometimes, I’m sure. But that’s ok because we each have our own unique perspectives on the world. Our originality, our different way of seeing and experiencing life, our unique perspectives allow us to learn from one another and share with one another.
Lately it’s been on my mind how important people have been and are in my life. Those who have touched my life in some personal way will never really leave me. Many who have come into my life for short periods have long since left but I carry the things we shared or the things I learned from them with me always.
Each person who comes into your life carries something for you to take with you. Some people are only in your life for a short time, while others will remain in your life always. Those who come, share, and then move along generally leave you with something important, if you paid attention, if you were open to it.
Many times you won’t realize it till long after they’ve gone but they’ve left you with something. Maybe it was a lesson learned from the relationship, or a part of you opened up because of them, maybe it was something they said that you carry with you now, or something they did that you learned from. Maybe what you carry of them is something you can’t quite put a finger on but you feel it when you conjure their face or a memory of them.
Just as every person who enters your life becomes a part of your history and shares something with you, you as well become a part of the history of others and you share something with them. You leave an imprint on the lives of others. You make an impact.
One of the things we’ve managed to convince ourselves of is that we are not important. We are but one person and somehow have convinced ourselves that means we carry very little power, if any. By convincing ourselves we are not important we in turn are somewhat saying we are not responsible. Because if we are so insignificant that we have little to no power, little to no impact, and matter so little, how can our actions be significant in any way.
What we have continued to tell ourselves is wrong. We are important and significant. We do make a difference. We are responsible, if only for ourselves. Each of us makes an impact on the lives of other people whom we interact with. We leave them with a smile or a frown. We leave them with a good feeling or a bad one. We leave them content or frustrated. We may not even realize we’ve done it. It can be as simple as a few kind words and a smile to a stranger or putting your grocery cart away when you are done with it. It can be as easy as befriending someone who is lonely or as complex as throwing a cookout for the neighborhood to try to bring neighbors together.
We make a difference! We matter! We are important!
What did you do today? Think about it. Did you leave your grocery cart in a parking space or put it in a receptacle? Did you smile at the cashier or did you even notice they exist? Did you bark at someone over something or did you have a meaningful discussion? Did you snuggle with your significant other or were you so busy that you bumped each other passing in the hall?
You make a difference! You Matter! YOU ARE IMPORTANT!
So today, tomorrow and the days going forth remember that you matter. Remember that those who come into your life matter. Remember that what you do matters and you are responsible for who you are and how you interact with the world around you. You are responsible for the energy you put forth into the world and the ripples it causes.