Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary.
I remember when we were first married, most of my focus was on me and how to manage me with my roles of wife, student, employee, friend. I wanted to be able to balance it all, creating a meaningful and purposeful life. To say the least, it was quite overwhelming trying to figure me out.
Then somewhere in that first year, I came across this quote:
It hit me so powerfully. I decided right then and there that I wanted to live my life so that I could be that person that God could count on to meet someone else’s needs. But in order to do that, I realized that I couldn’t let it be just about me anymore. Instead of looking inward, I would have to change my direction and face outward to find those opportunities where I could be useful in lifting and helping others.
Ever since I made that decision, my life has become more meaningful and purposeful. I’ve experienced true joy from being that person. And I’ve learned that most times it doesn’t take much to be that person. A smile; a listening ear; a bag of groceries; a warm meal; a handwritten note; saying someone’s name; some spare change. That’s all it took to be that person. And as I have evolved in becoming that person, my children have watched and learned and now I see them in their lives becoming that person too. Another generation of living a life of being there to meet someone else’s needs.
Today and for the month of August, we can all be that person by participating with Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay— where some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions are coming together and sharing inspirational quotes for their children. Every time we comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, we become that person. Because when we do, one life saving vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).
This quote changed the direction of my life. Will it will change yours too?