You often wonder, "Does what I'm doing, matter?". And the answer should always be, unequivocally- "YES." Yet it is still a question that runs through our minds, sometimes daily...sometimes more. And my response is, if you live your life through your purpose and you live it out with integrity- what you do matters and beyond that, it matters positively.
What is it that I want my kids to know, without a doubt? And by kids I mean my own children and my students. These are the things that I want to instill in them and these are the things I want them to know for certain:
You are amazing and you are loved. You each have special talents and you each have special skills. But beyond that, you each have a golden heart and a beautiful soul. Stay connected to those. If you tether everything back to those things, you never have a need to doubt yourself. Use your gifts and talents to help others, to grow yourself and beyond. Radiate the light within you and bring others into that light. Encourage and embrace differences. Include others in all you do. And ignore the chatter. Ignore those who try to deter you and the good work you do. There will always be those who will try to block your path. Do not allow them. Either bring them in or walk around them.
Love those who aren't blessed enough to realize their own gifts to the world. Be kind to those that try to turn you around in your journey or knock you down from your climb. Be strong in knowing that YOU are good enough. That YOU are strong enough. That YOU can and are making a difference and stay that course.
You will hit brick walls, you will come across detours, you will cross many bridges...but YOU stay YOU and you keep pushing forward. You have a purpose. Find it. Go after it. Live it. Grow it. Share it. Be grounded in knowing that I believe in you, I am proud of you and you need to believe that in yourself.
Look for the good in others. Be an influencer. Be a changer. Be a lover and encourager of others. Use your gifts and your knowledge to propel yourself and others forward. You are a leader, whether you realize it or not. Someone is always watching, listening, learning and emulating. What is it that you want them to witness?
Stay strong in your convictions and lead from you heart, but listen to your mind. Do good. Bring joy. Live life.