Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually.
Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, insignificant steps on the stairway of life”
During a visit to the NASA space center in 1962, President Kennedy noticed a janitor carrying a broom. He interrupted his tour, walked over to the man and said, “Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?”
The janitor responded, “I’m helping put a man on the moon, Mr. President.”
I love this story! Obviously, the janitor understood the importance of his contribution. He truly felt he was a valuable part of something bigger than himself, and his attitude created a feeling of self-confidence in his mission. He wasn’t merely a janitor, he was a member of the 1962 NASA Space Team!
It is so easy to become caught up in our ordinary, unimaginative lives. To believe that our seemingly endless repetitive actions are meaningless disjointed pieces.
To be so exhausted from the routine of “right now,” that we’re unable to see that our efforts have long term consequences.
It makes no difference what “small tasks” you signed up for today.
You . . . are . . . significant!
Your life has purpose beyond walking the dog, preparing breakfast, raking leaves, and watching television.
You are amazing!
You have lives to impact.
People to inspire.
Questions to answer.
Goals to achieve.
A destiny to fulfill.
A world to change.
You can look at today as a another throw-a-way unimportant waste of trivial activity OR you can decide to be part of something bigger than yourself — a project that reaches far into the future and impacts people you may never meet.
You can choose to sweep the floor . . . or be part of the space mission putting a man on the moon.
You can teach a class . . . or impact the next generation.
Shuttle kids to practice . . . or create opportunities for young people to excel.
Support a charity . . . or help eliminate hunger in Central America.
Recycle the paper . . . or save the planet.
We must not,
in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we can make
which, over time,
add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
~ Marian Wright Edelman
What are you going to do today? Why not help put a man on the moon?
Whatever you are, be a good one!