Today is my birthday. And I'm nearly in tears. Due to the magic of Facebook, I awoke to messages from friends and family all over the world. What joy to hear from Uganda, India, Tunisia, Hungary, Greece . . . and those less exciting but equally important places like St. Louis, Nashville, Miami, and numerous more dots on the map. Just kidding . . . I love every city in this beautiful tapestry we call earth!
I'm only two years away now from the ripe age of 40. While others dread mentioning their age, I'm proud to grow older each year. I'm excited to see what each year brings - the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you view the trials and difficulties in life as part of who you are . . . part of your character . . . the reason for growth, then you don't fear what tomorrow brings or celebrating another birthday.
I recently heard a song with a lyric that struck me in the forehead. You know. Like when David killed Goliath with the stone that took him to the ground? It goes like this, "Everyone dies but not everyone lives." Simple yet powerful.
Yes. We all die. But not everyone makes the most of their life. I recognize there is unimaginable pain in this world. But if you find yourself complaining about a boring life, my challenge is to get off your butt and do something about it. You want to feel alive? Do something for someone else. It's exhilarating and overwhelming rewarding! Take a step, even a leap of faith and pay it forward. And if you feel like you have nothing to give, think again my friend!
There are no prerequisites to making a difference in this world! It doesn't matter what you look like, how old you are, where you live, what your bank account looks like, what color your skins is. All that matters is YOU! All you need is a willing heart. A heart. You have one of those. I do too. The question is how you're going to use it to help others. The difference you make for one can impact the future for many!
Don't underestimate your value. Stop the excuses. Don't waste another moment. As the talented Mr. Robin Williams said in Dead Poet's Society, "Carpe diem! Seize the day!"
You are destined for great things!