Friday, April 06, 2007

Impact

Today is Good Friday. For those that celebrate, it is the day to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which got me to thinking of the impact that can be made in the lives of others. By no means do I want this to be a religious blog, or compare us to Jesus, but I do want us to look at how we interact in this world and the potential impact we can make on it, Jesus was a human after all.

I’m sure everyone knows who Jesus Christ is, and I’m fairly sure everyone knows who Hitler is. Both people have left their impact on this world far beyond their lifespan, one recognized as a great good and one recognized as a great evil, both recognized as great impacts on the world.

Impact is “the strong effect that something or somebody has”, which is why it is important that we recognize our ability to create this “strong effect” and impact as many lives as we possibly can. Obviously I am talking about doing this as a great good, using the influence that we can create in others as a means of enhancing the lives of every person we interact with. Unfortunately we often only look within, trying to enhance our life so that we can get ahead of the pack, not looking at the big picture of what we will have left behind when we are gone. By doing this we ignore people that we believe are of no significance, when those are the people that can reap the greatest benefit of what we have to share. Just because someone can’t help your cause doesn’t mean that they can’t be influenced by you to help a greater cause.

In general people want to be inspired and it is our duty to do so because we have the means to inspire others. This is simply done by finding a cause that you are passionate about and become an ambassador for that cause therefore creating awareness in others that wasn’t there before. Your impact will be made through the enthusiasm, commitment, and passion you generate in others to also become activated. It costs nothing to inspire, it just means that you have to look beyond yourself and look to create a greater good; create your legacy.

One of the few things all humans have in common is that from the day we are born we are one step closer to death. Your steps in between allow you to have an immediate and strong effect on something or somebody and when that final day comes you will be remembered. How you will be remembered is directly related to the impact you made while you were alive, so, how do you want to be remembered?

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