Be Somebody. Be the Difference.

1527135_571874089554544_978490371_nThis is such a great quote.  It serves as a healthy reminder to just “do something about that.”  Simply do it.  Be the somebody who realizes that I am somebody.  Who comprehends that my life matters.  Who understands that I can make a difference.

That I can be the difference.  That I am Somebody.

We all have such a unique influence on the planet.  I think about this sometimes, and it is staggering to imagine the ripples that we all are creating with our thoughts, our actions, our spirits.  We are this huge swirl of humanity that is pulsing and being and feeling.  The influence that our thoughts and emotions has on the planet is so immense.

maxfield parrishWhen I respect this truth, I feel both empowered and deeply humbled.  We all can be the somebody that does something that alters the course of history.  We all have the freedom to choose the direction of this course.  Freedom.  We are powerful beyond measure.

And some days . . . it takes so very little to make a positive difference.  A touch, a smile, a kind word, a phone call or email, a shared joke, a declaration of love.  Wow.  Our influence.  It is all so very huge and enormous, isn’t it?

I want to be Somebody that fosters growth.  Who provides encouragement and support.  Who loves freely.  Who laughs at silly jokes with my best friend.  Who loves unconditionally.  Who opens my heart and lets someone know that I deeply love him.  toaster oven

For when I open myself to life and creativity and laughter and love, I can’t help but be Somebody because I am confirming to another that he is Somebody. That she is making a positive difference. That he is loved beyond measure.  That she is selfless.  That he is just so crazy amazing.honey-bee

Tragedy takes place on a daily basis.  A seemingly insurmountable challenge presents itself in gargantuan disguise.  Bills stack up.  Love gets misplaced.  Work is unrewarding.  There is too much to do in too short a time.  Overwhelm-ment grows into discouragement.  Complications mutate in exponential proportions.

Still, so much of life is so simple: be Somebody.  Be the person whom you have been created to be.  Be . . . with a purpose that reflects who lives in your heart.

Today I will pay attention.  I will create.  I will love with wild abandon.   I will “do something about that.”  Today it is time to make a difference.  Time to be the difference.  Time to be Somebody.

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Feel Better Now . . . Someone Cares

030I was talking with a friend a few days ago who was processing what felt to be a major setback.  It was one of those life surprises that was translating as problematic rather than delightful.  She said that she was just feeling so alone in the midst of the changes.  We shared some old stories and irreverent humor and we parted paths; she said that she knew that she was good to go in this new chapter.  Knowing that there is someone who has your back when you feel as if you have been tossed into a Rube Goldberg maze is always a good balm in times of unease.

If you are struggling today with some challenge or mystery in life, I hope that the sign in this photograph reminds you of both someone who cares and of someone you care about.

And through these words on the page — like a love letter between strangers — I am reminded that although you and I do not have a direct connection of shared past experiences, there is this present moment that connects all of us in ways that could prove to be significant.

This video by OK Go is so! awesome: This Too Shall Pass.  I hope that it helps you to feel some fancifulness and some hope in today . . . to Feel Better Now . . . to know that you are not alone.  That there is a back-up team upstairs that is helping to make the magic happen and to cheer when it does.  And when it doesn’t.  There are those days when you feel like you are in the firing squad line, and you are about to be splatted with a massive dose of paint.  But there is a support team.  We are all connected . . . there is a sense of timing and orchestration.  There is immense brilliance in the Rube Goldberg moments of our lives.  Others care.  I do.  Feel Better Now.