If I reach only one person, I will still share.
If I reach only one person, I will still sing.
If I reach only one person, I will still write
If I reach only one person, I will still speak.
If I reach only one person, and that person is me, I will still choose to be me.
Too often we walk along in our lives, assuming that we don’t make a great impact, based upon the fact that we are not on the big stage. If you were able to only reach one person in a way that transformed their lives, would you think it worth being vulnerable? See, it takes vulnerability to touch another life in a meaningful way. Transparency brings healing in a way that lasts. Today I choose to be open and unafraid.
I often tell my children to be kind to others and offer a smile whenever you can. You never know what small gesture can offer another, it could possibly restore their faith in humanity. We have a responsibility to share ourselves in ways that only we can. To offer our love, kindness, and creativity to those around us. We are there to hold that door open for that person for a reason, a reason we may never know and that is ok. The gift is not in the knowing but in the doing. Today I choose to tell that person how lovely I think they are, even if it may seem weird and uncomfortable.
MY life is on purpose and has a purpose and so I choose to walk in that. I interact with people on a regular basis and on occasion, all are for a reason. We speak into each other’s lives, even when we remain silent. Especially when we remain silent.
It takes but a moment to offer a hand to the mom struggling to care for her children and get the groceries in her car. It takes but a moment to offer to carry the elderly person’s bags. It takes but a moment to tell the server how much you appreciate their work and that they are seen. When was the last time you stopped to compliment a stranger? Today I choose to slow down and actively participate in the life that surrounds me.
I am unique and so are you. There has never been and never will again be a person like you. You matter right where you are. The plans for your life are unique and no one else can fulfill them. Don’t be afraid to fully live in the way that your heart leads. Get to know yourself and give yourself the freedom to grow and express yourself in ways that may seem frightening. Don’t think of how successful you will be, think of the one person that will see, hear, or experience your work in a way that will change their life. Accept that the one person just might be yourself. Today I choose to let my past and anxieties go so that I can fully be me.
Stop telling yourself that you are not good enough. Start creating in ways that make your heart sing, don’t worry about where it’s going to lead. The end result is not what matters, it’s the process that brings about change. Don’t waste your life away while telling yourself f that no one wants to see, hear, or watch whatever it is that you feel the need to create. That deep desire is there for a reason. Don’t let this life go by without your unique contribution. Today I choose to share my passions with others and to not talk myself out of it.
Stop trying to measure up to whoever it is that you think has a perfect life. NO ONE has a perfect life, there is no such thing as a life without loss, stress, and struggle. Some may even look to you as the one who seems to be perfect. Let’s be open and honest about our struggles in a way that brings everyone out of that delusion. Be real, don’t complain. We do live beautiful lives and we need to see and honor that. We are free to live however we see fit, not in the way that the world tells us that we should. Dare to be different, dare to live simply and fully. Today I choose to slow down and figure out how I truly want to live, despite what society tells me.
Remember that the world does not revolve around you. We can so easily process the world through our own belief system and try to force our ways on others, it’s time we stop. I am so happy to share my beliefs and point of view with others and love to hear theirs, but it is not my job to change anyone. Us human beings are to share this life and we all have our own way of living and seeing, we are best off when we take the time to hear each other and share with one another. Today I choose to share for the sake of sharing and do not expect anyone else to understand or accept my views.
I want to ask you a few things and I think you should take your time to answer them. Get out a notebook and tackle them in your quiet time.
- What dreams have you put on hold because you are too busy with “real life”?
- What talents have you chosen to put aside because you’re “really not that good”?
- What talents have you not shared out of fear of rejection?
I could go on, but I think these questions are a great place for you to start. Let’s take time, over the next few weeks, to dive into those hidden talents that we too often brush to the side in exchange for what seems to be more practical. It is time that we honor our dreams, desires, and God-given talents. No more hiding, no more fear, today is the day that we choose to live differently. Today is the day that we choose to honor our authentic selves and share it with the world! Even if sharing means that only one person is influenced in a meaningful way, even it that one person is just me. I am worth it and so are you. The world needs us to be our unique and talented selves. The world needs you.
Be blessed today.