“The world is waiting to hear from you. Don't wait for a Gandhi, don't wait for a King, don't wait for a Mandela. You are your own Mandela, you are your own Gandhi, you are your own King. Be bold. Step out and never walk on tiptoes, because anyone who walks on tiptoes can never leave footprints for people to walk in.” Leymah Gbowee
It's never left me, that fierce desire to reach out and touch the world and make a difference in someone's life. Ever since He turned my life around and shone His light where so much darkness had been, I've had a 'need' to give back, to make someone smile, to show kindness, and mostly to give hope. It's what He did for me and I want to give back.
Giving back means being bold and being brave. I never was, but I'm incredibly grateful, and I know Someone's got my back, so today and everyday I'm stepping out in new directions, and in different ways to shine light for someone else. It's weird but when I'm giving back, I'm at my happiest.
Sometimes it just means smiling at someone, or stopping to chat or helping out at a local outreach. Sometimes it's writing or creating something that inspires hope. Sometimes it's just being a friend, listening, sharing, being there and showing kindness.
Sometimes it's more than that - it's taking a stand, using my voice for someone who can't. It's what I try to do with my writing and books and speaking at local community events. I don't ever want to walk on tiptoes and water things down. I want to leave footprints where others can walk in.
Last week I got an email from a woman released from prison. She said someone gave her my book and she thanked me for writing it. She said it inspired her to change her life. And someone else emailed to tell me she attended my self-esteem workshop a year ago. Afterward, she returned to finish high school and is now applying for university. Their emails inspired me and I'm cheering for them.
Going forward, I still want to make a difference. It's the yearning in my heart.
Happy Day, Guys.