Monday, October 25, 2010

Making a Difference


Today I was asked the simple question of "What do I want to be when I grow up?"  Every child at one point immediately will reply, "A Fireman!" or "A Teacher!"  Perhaps the imaginative will give a creative idea such as "An Alien!" or "A Dog!" (Both of which came out of my mouth at some point in my life.)

     But today it was different.  I once more gave the answer of Physical Therapist, automatically and with no brain activity whatsoever.  But then I thought, I don't just want to be  Physical Therapist, I want to change someone's life.  But why stop there?  Why be satisfied with only one life when I can change two?  Four? One Hundred?  One Thousand?  How about the world?  I don't want to be someone who sits around all day, waiting for something to come around that will change me.  I don't want to sit on the sidelines, watching the players, I want to play the game.  I want to be a World-Changer.

     It's discouraging though, thinking about changing the lives of the billions of people on this earth single-handedly.  So, I won't do it alone.  I'm recruiting YOU.  (Here's the part where you see a picture of Uncle Sam pointing at you, yeah you know the one)

YOUR MISSION:  I want you to make a difference in someone's life.  Make some cookies to take to a neighbor.  Refrain from saying that biting remark, instead say something kind.  Hold open a door for someone.  Smile and say hello.   Be that person in someone else's life that you wish to have in yours.  (Have you ever heard of the saying, "What comes around, goes around?  Well, that's what happens.  I promise)

     But, don't just do it today!  Do a kind act for someone else everyday.  And in a year, you'll already have changed the lives of 365 people.  Now, imagine if each of those people you helped turned around and did the same for someone else.  That's another 365 people.  And it causes a chain reaction so large, it will never end.  So, go and do something good, and I promise your day will become 18 billion times better.  Guaranteed.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn. Fall. Wonderful.

Dear Fall,
Thank you for finally showing up.  I missed you.  I'm glad summer is over.  Now we can get on with real excitement.  I look forward to once again admiring your beauties and renewing our friendship.  

P.S.  If you'll bring the gorgeous colors, I'll bring the pumpkin pie.  Deal.

Maybe it's the temperature and the crisp autumn air, or the fact that it's hoodie season again.  Perhaps it's the smell of fall, the sound of crunching leaves, or the promise of a pumpkin pie not too far ahead.  October brings a certain pleasure to my senses no other month will ever be able to compare with.  Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, carmel apples, halloween, I cannot think of one bad thing about fall.

Gorgeous.  And much more appealing than the AP European History textbook that I really should be reading right now.  Yup, sure is.