How would you describe yourself? If someone who didn’t know you, asked you to tell them about yourself, what would you say? What characteristics, traits, accomplishment, interesting tid-bits would come to mind about yourself to share? Better question…. what would someone who knows you (a close friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance) say if someone asked them to tell them a little about you? How would they describe you? Last but not least question…. How do you want to be remembered? When you leave this world, what will you be remembered for? What do you want to be remembered for? Oh yeah, one more really random thought that popped into my head this week, that sort of spurred this entire line of thinking/questions, was this….. Countries, nations, organizations, teams, etc. establish some type of logo or flag to visually represent them (i.e. Miami Dolphins use a dolphin, USMC has the eagle, globe & anchor, United States of America has ol’glory – the stars & stripes flag and the bald eagle…. you get what I’m saying). So, if you had to design a flag and/or logo to represent you, what would it look like?
Sorry for such heavy & silly questions, but it’s something I began pondering earlier in the week. There are normal everyday people that never achieve fame or fortune, but they profoundly impact the world and lives of those around them. Life is so much more than having a street or library named after you when you die. It’s also more than the job title you have, the neighborhood you live in or the amount of money in your bank account. None of those things can go with you when you leave this world. I’m not saying it’s bad to have nice stuff or achieve goals, I’m just saying that life is so much more than that. What if you become rich and famous, but never make a positive difference in the life of anyone around you.
Who are the most memorable people in your life? Who are the people you have the fondest memories of? What do those memories entail? What makes them so special? Chances are your answer has something to do with how the person treated you and how they made you feel. I’m also willing to bet that what they did was nothing earth shattering or monumental, but they simply, in some form or fashion, shared their life, time, love & laughter with you. They built you up, encouraged you….did something that was seemingly simple, but to you it forever marked your conscious/life in a positive way.
I challenge you to take time today to be a blessing. We live in a world in short supply of love…. do something everyday to positively impact the world around you. Share a smile, volunteer at the local animal shelter – those dogs are starved for love & TLC, become a foster parent, volunteer with a big brother/big sister type program, help your elderly neighbor carry in her groceries, let someone merge in front of you in traffic. The possibilities of simple kindness are limitless, yet make a profound, positive impact in a life.