Our Best Selves

Day 75

I wonder how many of us really rise to be our best selves? Today I encountered someone who excelled at her profession. It was obvious she loved her job and felt fulfilled by the profession she chose. When I meet people like this, I cannot help but be swept up by their enthusiasm.

I have had so many different jobs throughout my life. I excelled at most of them and attained the respect of my peers. That does not mean I was passionate about those jobs and really loved what I did.

I did have a few jobs that I loved. When thinking about why I loved them I think I came to the conclusion that when I felt challenged I rose to the occasion. But the jobs that I truly felt fulfilled in were the jobs where I made a difference in someone’s life.

Now I know this may not be the case for everyone, but for me it rings true. The person I met today really touched me in a profound way.

I have also spent some time around another person this week who inspires me to be a better, kinder person. This is another person who feels extreme passion for their work and they impact lives in a positive way each and every day.

I spent so much time in my life working for people whose only goal was to make money. I was paid fairly and I felt challenged and I did a good job. But the bottom line is I did not make one difference in anyone’s life by that work.

I am proudest of the times where I did make a difference. My contribution to mankind may be measured as small, but at least I did make a small difference. And for me, today, that is enough.

Food for thought……

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ”
R. Buckminster Fuller