The idea that has been perplexing me recently is that life was meant to have meaning.
Personally, I believe that no life has true meaning unless the person who lived it was able to make a positive difference in the life of another human being.
The idea is simple enough, but it becomes complicated when I attempt to make that idea a part of my life.
One of the most fulfilling things to me is being able to help other people. I simply enjoy it. I so much prefer to give help than to receive help, because I hate imposing upon people.
Maybe I’m slightly insecure, and if so, that might be a good thing for me. To be fair, it is probably the innermost desire of most people to feel like they were not merely a random stranger or a passing face, but someone who made a real difference and who will be a wonderful memory.
But the question that perplexes me is HOW to make that difference.
How to create that positive impact upon someone’s life.
What must be done?
How do I go about it?
My current and busy lifestyle does not afford me the luxury of playing heroics.
I live a quiet life. I don’t take huge risks. I am content to be on the sidelines. I do not like being the center of attention.
I am an introvert. So how can a person like me going about making the world a better place for at least one other human being? How can I solve the problem of one person? How can I make the sun shine for someone having a rainy day? I am not wealthy, famous, a singer, a musician, or someone remotely important.
Perhaps I am looking at this all wrong. Maybe the important things in life are the little things; those things that no one seems to care about – like smiling at the elderly lady in Stater Bros., opening the door for the overworked mom, or just being a good friend to the few who like me.
But the answer of how to make a difference might even be simpler.
Why can’t it simply mean that each and every person strives to be the best at what they do every single time? Put 110% of my effort and talents into the most menial tasks while never seeking the spotlight.
Doing my best not for recognition or reward but because it is the right thing to do.