This is the first time since the blog began I took a week away from any posts, but it was vacation time well spent, inspired by the interaction with my family, friends and the things I witnessed, paid attention to and read.
One of those was a book of quotes, each quote inspiring in its own way, but one in particular made me stop, read it again and catch my breath, mainly because of its deep, yet simplistic nature: “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Josephine Billings.
It’s worth a second look, because it’s true. Your single participation in this world, among billions of others might seem inconsequential, but to one other person, or perhaps to many people, depending on how you live your life, you could mean everything. I think about that when I look at my children, who rely on me to do certain things on their behalf, to work, to support, to teach, to love. My importance in their lives is just that, important…for years my wife and I have been their world, especially in the early days, when we were their link to virtual survival.
But what about others you and I meet along the way in this life. Through friendship, through work, through volunteering our services. You never know who you might touch, perhaps in a tangible way, or in a way you may never even witness, but might just change the entire course of someone’s existence. You never know when you come in contact with someone how you might touch them, in service, in kindness, in friendship, in love – where you change a life so deeply that you are the one person they meet who makes their world whole. We now live in a world where you could do this for not just one person, but a billion people or more, if you choose to…because it is possible. We are that connected. Never, ever underestimate your power to change a life, to inspire, in a way someone else will never forget.
Life is full of infinite possibilities. The trick is to tap in, to give, and to never let go of that infinite power.
You might be just one person, but to another person you might just be the world.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Financial Services
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