"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespere wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many people yearn for fiften minutes of fame. They fantasize about being special, better, brighter, richer, and more accomplished than their peers.
There is nothing wrong with striving to make an impact or wanting recognition. However, if the cliché is true that fame and fortune don't necessarily bring happiness, then what does?
There are very few universal truths. However, genuine service to others, in whatever form it takes, always brings contentment.
Maybe the desire for mass recognition boils down to a more subtle yearning to give of ourselves and be appreciated for it. That subtle yearning can be satisfied today.
If your every wish came true and you achieved your highest dreams how would you act, how would treat people? (Notice I didn't say, what would you buy?)
Be that person today. Give of yourself today.
What you give is personal and unique to you. It can be your creativity, wisdom, compassion, humor or anything else you choose.
Life isn't about what you do but how you do it. It is about the level of respect, passion, gratitude, and compassion you bring. Your life is important - you are important - just as you are - even when you don't know why. Striving to be better is fine - negating who you are, isn't.
So today, I asked myself, what can I do right now to better serve those around me. The answer came throughout the day by way of people who could use my help. I gave it - and I was happy.
Therefore, today I accept my place in the world with gratitude and announce proudly that I am not special, I am not famous, I am not bigger than life, however, I gratefully serve and I matter.