I am a light in the world.
I am a beacon for someone.
I presence in life is infinitely important.
I do not exist so that I can matter, I matter because I exist.
None of us ever truly know the impact we make on the world and others while we’re in it. We may feel like bit players in a big production, someone whose part could be filled by just about anyone. We’re wrong. We may feel like we’ve never made a difference in the world. We have. Often we don’t know how far our light has shone or whose path we’ve illuminated. We tend to need to see the product of our efforts before we will believe we’ve created a result. And most of the time we never know who we’ve helped. Most of the time, we don’t know how important we are in the world.
You have no way of knowing that the fight you broke up on the playground kept one little kid from turning into a bully. You don’t realize that the girl you talked to at the doctor’s office left her abusive boyfriend because of something you said. You’ll never see that the old man you helped yesterday has a new lease on life today because he again believes that people are good. You don’t know how the dominoes of your good deeds and kind acts have fallen. What matters is that each of us believe that we make a difference just by being here, that – in more small ways than big – we matter. That we are – each and every one of us – a light in the world for someone to travel by.