Making a Difference
Think of the people that you really admire for something.
There are some people in my life whom I really admire because of their kindness, some for their wisdom, some for their patience. I have friends that have taught me a lot about not getting so wrapped up in what other people say about me, others who have taught me about acceptance, others who have taught me about picking up and moving forward.
The thing about all these people and their traits that stand out... They stand out because they're different. They are kinder than anyone else I've known. They are wiser. They are more patient.
They have made a difference because they have had the courage to be different.
When I was younger, more than anything, I dreamed of making a difference in the world. I don't think that's so uncommon, and I think that maybe that's born into us. We all start out with a desire to make a difference somehow. But we can't influence the world by being like the world.
We have to be different.
We each have a unique opportunity to change the world around us... whether that's one person at a time or many. But we can't make that difference if we aren't willing to step out and be different. We have to have the courage.
We also have to be understanding. You were given a passion... maybe it's buried now and you're not sure what it is, but somewhere in there, you have a passion. With that passion, you have a responsibility to follow it. But, understand that someone else has their own passion, but it may not be the same as yours. We have to allow for that, understanding the difference that we make... the difference that we find so overwhelmingly important... may not be the same difference that someone else was made to make. Does that make any sense? Your passionate cause may not be the same as everyone else's, but that's what makes it your passion. That's what makes it their passion.
"Be Different" Series
Friday............ The Desire to Fit In
Sunday.......... Like What You Like
Monday........ What's So Great About Normal?
Tuesday........ Making a Difference
Wednesday... Be Amazing!