Thank you for coming to read today’s blog post. Some of these blog posts will be general tips or information. Others will be very personal, basically a post of me sharing my thoughts with you all. That’s what today’s post is :).
I recently checked my P.O. Box (PO Box 5696 Santa Monica, CA 90409) and was delighted to see so many letters and things written from you guys. Last night I set aside time, and instead of watching a show to “unwind”, I lit a candle on my bedside table, put on some music, and began to open your letters.
I knew what I was getting myself into by reading these, you guys ALWAYS hit me right in the “feels”. And BOOM, letter #1 (a typed out 5 pages long), cut me straight to the heart. Just hit me right where I would feel it, in the most amazing way. Then letter #2 came, and #3, #4, so on and so on.
It’s the most incredible feeling in the world to read about Katie from Denver, or Liorah in Arizona, Rebecca, Mander, Kelly, Jaclyn, Marlee, the list goes on, all from places all over the world! Each with such different stories, different life experiences, but the same common goal…. On the search to better themselves as individuals, figure out their place in life, excel in all they do, and stay positive doing it. I am humbled at their words that they feel i’ve helped inspire, motivate, and educate them in any way.
It is my belief that I am not the one doing the work. God is working through me. I am just the messenger. I am so honored to be the messenger and to get to be a “light” in anyone’s life but especially in these people’s lives.
One of the girls, who works with cancer patients as a radiologist, sent a short story with her letter. It is now one of my favorite stories. I want to share it with you all, I hope you’ll take the time to read it.
The Starfish Story, by Loren Eiseley
“Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said,
“It made a difference to that one!”
This story reminded me that since the beginning, I’ve always said if I can help just ONE person change their life out there, then this will have been worth it. Everything I do, all of my efforts, will have been worth it. I know I can’t help or reach everyone, but as long as I genuinely help one, it’s worth it.
I know i’ve done that. So I will continue to help that “one” out there. Maybe it’s you reading this. Spread the message, spread the love, go help YOUR “one” out there. Maybe it’s a family member, neighbor, or mailman. Do your part. #StrongerAsACommunity
Thank you for reading,