Leave a Lasting Legacy
Yesterday, I was coming home on the bus from my volunteer efforts on behalf of the homeless, when I ran into an elderly gentleman on the bus. Our eyes connected and we smiled at one another. I just had a feeling that something good was going to come of it, and I was right.
The Struggle To Provide
He lowered his voice and admitted to me that he was so grateful for today because he’d just found a job. He’d been incarcerated and people don’t want to hire someone with a past criminal record. They don’t really care about the circumstances that got you there. They don’t want to take the risk. It had been hard on him, and made it difficult for him to trust God.
Turning Past Mistakes Into Powerful Missions
I told him what I’d learned along the way was that there was nothing in our past that could hurt us if we could just learn to take it and make something good out of it. Our failures are opportunities to pass on lessons that will help the next generation succeed. The wounds we carry are opportunities to encourage those who are facing that same pain to believe there is hope for their future. Nothing in our lives needs to go to waste if we’ll only have the courage to share it with others.
My Mission, My Purpose
I came to a powerful conclusion at the end of last year. That conclusion was that I’d been playing small for far too long, too willing to hide in the shadows and allow my stories to go untold and my talents unrecognized because I was afraid. I was afraid I wasn’t good enough. I was afraid people would judge the person I’d been and reject the person I am. But letting fear hold me back means other people can’t benefit from my journey.
What’s Your Story?
Let me just encourage you to speak up, and share. Even if it takes you 100 words at a time to get that story out of you, don’t waste the opportunity. Make yourself heard. Speak up. You have valuable lessons to share – and you’re the only one who can share those specific lessons. Nobody else can because they don’t have your unique perspective to offer.