Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Simple Truth

In my old job I dealt with several hundred associates, and their customers, and helped them all to manage their daily lives in various ways. It was a lot of work, but the people I worked with were amazing, so that made it all worthwhile. Since a lot of the messaging we sent out was about goals and numbers, I was always trying to bring a lighter, more inspirational side to everything. I would post quotes on our SharePoint site, try and talk people off ledges when the day was rough, and rap to them in email. You know, whatever worked. Basically I would just try and help in whatever small way I could. One of the tools I used for that was a website called Simple Truths

Every day I get a new email from them. Some have quotes, others have stories, and every once in a while there's a video to watch. Some are so good they've changed my whole day around. Today's email was one of those good ones that made me want to share it with all of you. Consider what it means to you for the year coming. 

Every action you take has a result. Every decision, no matter how small, can change something, The decisions you make matter, as do you. Remember this.

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today. And tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.

Every single thing you do matters.

You have been created as one of a kind.

On the planet Earth, there has never been one like you...and there will never be again.

Your spirit, your thoughts and feelings, your ability to reason and act all exist in no one else.

The rarities that make you special are no mere accident or quirk of fate.

You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world. 

Know that your actions cannot be hoarded, saved for later, or used selectively.

By your hand, millions - billions - of lives will be altered, caught up in a chain of events begun by you this day.

The very beating of your heart has meaning and purpose.

Your actions have value far greater than silver or gold.

Your life...and what you do with it today...matters forever.

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