Monday, May 12, 2008

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Just watch this.

No matter what you think of their contributions to society and the Earth, each one of these people achieved something extraordinary. They're the ones we know about. Every day, all over the world, people whose names we will never know contribute their heart's passion, their joy, their love, their devotion in the best ways they know how.

That may be as simple as mowing and irrigating their mother's lawn, going to work to a job that sucks the life out of them but is all they can see to do right now to put food on the table and pay the bills. It may be as simple as smiling at the next customer and the next and the next, all day long, and treating each one as if they are the most important person they will help that day.

Maybe they're lucky enough to earn their living doing what they love most in the all the world--making music with the philharmonic orchestra, designing buildings that are beautiful, functional, and energy efficient, or teaching children to read.

The world is full of everyday, unsung heroes. I bet you're one of them. We all have one thing in common, the Einsteins, the Hellen Kellers, you and me. We all came into life squalling and naked. Ordinary? You can make a difference. Do the next thing. Take the next step. Write the next sentence. Plant the next row of vegetables. Give gratitude for what you have, for what you've accomplished so far. Ask for help. Receive graciously. Give.

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