At the End of the Day…

February 22nd, 2015

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished..it’s about who you have lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

To know me is to know how much I love quotes, and when I find quotes that are in alignment with my thinking process, or which leave me challenged within the core of who I am-  I treasure them.   I also want to share them with others- in hopes that they will feel encouraged, inspired, or maybe even challenged within their own core being.

In a world where so many of us tend to rate our ‘successes’ based on how many ‘likes’ we get on Facebook posts, or the number of dollars in our bank account-   I find myself challenged as to how much that really matters at the end of the day.

This past year- I’ve had people tell me that they were ‘offended’ that I unfriended them on Facebook, even though we don’t communicate on there at all-  nor outside of the virtual world.     I also had someone tell me several years ago that I was ‘unkind’ for that same reason-    while in reality-  neither had anything to do with them, but my desire to simplify and be more focused on real connections and relationships.

I had a close friend message me and tell me that she was putting far too much emphasis on the validation that she received from ‘likes’ on Facebook, while not focusing on those right in front of her, so she decided that Facebook was not a place for her.   This was months ago, and she hasn’t looked back.     She is investing in the relationships and people that are right in front of her, and her life has changed dramatically for the positive.

For years I have tried to take pause and ask myself if I’m part of the solution when various things arise.    Reason being, because I am a firm believer that if we aren’t part of the solution- that we are very much a part of the problem.    I would love to be able to tell you that I handle all things in a manner of grace, perfection and dignity- but by saying so, I’d be lying.     I’m human after all-    So like everyone else-  I rise, I fall, and I rise again, but I never give up.

I also know that life is a series of choices-  and with those choices come circumstances-   some anticipated, some good-  some not as good, but the one constant is that there is always a lesson to be learned if we are open to receive it, and willing to look for it.

Throughout life we ALWAYS have the choice to rise up-  to show up in a big way and encourage another person.    To be genuine and to really want to see them do the best for themselves.    Truth is-  nothing brings me more joy than to see people do well, or to ‘get’ something that they’ve been unable to get in the past.    To play a small part in making the life of someone else a little better-   yeah, that’s what it’s all about.

So as I am challenged to rise and be the best version of me that I can be-  which is a constant learning process-  I also ask and challenge you for the same.    There is enough love for everyone..   so sprinkle a little everywhere you go.   You may make a permanent difference in someone else’s  life-  and that, my friend is what it’s all about..

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