to “be” or not to “be”…

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07/10/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

I am – intrinsically – a lazy person, I know that now…not to do with work, but with life in general. Hard to admit that really.

I  recently had a lightbulb-moment that the phrases “to BE remarkable” or to “to MAKE a difference” both comprise of verbs…doing words…actions. You can’t “be remarkable” or “make a difference” without actually DOING something!

For most of my life (apart from a couple of stints of long-term voluntary service) I haven’t actually DONE anything. I haven’t put myself outide of my little, comfortable life-box. When you think of all the people who have ever impacted our world (or our lives), they have all actively done something:

  • Sir Edmund Hillary – could have been content with just climbing the mountains in New Zealand.
  • Mother Teresa – could have looked at the poverty and then looked away thinking it was too big for her to change anything.
  • Martin Luther King – could have bitten his tongue and accepted life as it was.

For the first time in my life – with this project – I actually feel like it is the start of a considered action; of intentionally trying to improve my life and – hopefully – the lives of others. It may not amount to anything major, but I can already see success in the small, personal aspects of the process.

We all have to start somewhere. For me, the first action was acknowledging I had issues to deal with and that I needed to make a change. The next action was to start this blog as a tangible way of saying “I have begun”. When one action leads to another you know you are on your way…moving forward. It’s when the actions stop that the opportunity to be remarkable ceases. You have to keep going.

To be remarkable or make a difference takes inconvenience, highs and lows, successes and failures, embarrassment and self-discovery…but the rewards (whether you are aiming for money, status, fame, social improvement or simply a voyage of personal discovery) are there for those who are willing to put themselves out there and DO something!


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