~~Sometimes, it only takes one person to change your life. One to be there for you, to push you, to believe in you. It only takes one.~~ Unknown
My son was talking the other day about the 7+billion people in the world. Wow!! And we only hear about, read about, watch maybe....what? 100? Between celebrities, politicians, internet 'influencers', sports stars....those are who people know.
But most of us glide through life under the radar of notoriety or celebrity. We aren't Mother Theresa. We aren't Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters. There's only one Oprah. All the people who have 'achieved' their dreams and made a name for themselves while doing it.
I don't know how many of you want to make a name for yourself...but you do here. With every kind word you write, you make a difference. With every wise post, with every sweet gesture, with every encouraging thought expressed...you make a difference.
Each minute you take from your day to be here...it's noticed. The time you devote to helping others...it's appreciated. The sharing you do, the laughter you bring, the propping up and the hand holding you offer....you make a difference. And this site may not be the United Nations or CNN or YouTube, but it plays a vital role in saving people's lives. YOU play a vital role in saving people's lives. One of my favorite all time quotes says: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what this world needs is people who have come alive." I believe that this site is filled with people who have come alive. And they want to share it and pass it on and let others know that they, too, can come alive.
Out of the 7+billion people in the world, my friends, I am here to say that YOU are needed here. YOU make a difference. YOU make this site what it is. Never doubt your importance, never doubt your impact, never doubt that you have changes someone's life for the better. You have made yourself a name here, you have brought a unique vitality to us, and, oh my goodness, how your words and personality heart shine!
To the elders...to the newbies...to those who come and go....I thank you. I thank you for taking time with that smoker who has decided the time isn't right for her to quit. Your words mattered to her. I thank you for supporting that quitter who lost a loved one. It's obvious you care. I thank you for looking for those who haven't been heard from for a while. No one should be forgotten. I thank you for showing me that the world isn't passing us by but rather including us in it's journey. That knowledge is priceless.