On January 1st, 2012 when I began this blog (originally called, A Year of Making a Difference) my intent was to explore what it means to make a difference in the world.
Working at a homeless shelter for 6 years, it was fairly easy to make a difference every day. It was fairly easy to feel like I was living on purpose.
But what about when I wasn’t at the shelter? What about when I wasn’t working in an environment that naturally brought countless opportunities to make a difference just by being present to those around me?
Ahh, now there was a challenge. Or so I thought.
Making a difference is not a choice. It’s not a ‘thing’ we do or way we act.
We are the difference we make in the world. By the very act of being present on this earth, we make a difference. The air I inhale came from the air you exhale. The air I exhale becomes the air you breathe in. When we move, the space around us moves too.
Like a butterfly’s wings fluttering in Africa creating waves on other side of the globe, our presence in this world makes a difference.
The quality of our difference is created in the choices we make. It is in how conscious we are willing to become of how we express our difference that we create change for the good, or not. To be the change we want to see in the world, we must know what that change is.
I believe we are all born magnificent. That our birthright is to shine, to radiate, to be lights illuminating the darkness.
I believe we are all capable of greatness because greatness is inherent in our human nature.
I believe we are all connected through this condition called being human and in that connection is the capacity to make a difference for one another by being present to one another.
How do I want to express my difference in this world? With grace and ease.
Living in grace and ease does not always come effortlessly. Some days, when the sky is dark and shadows are long, it is easy to forget my desire to express myself through grace. Some days, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of life and forget all about rising above as I sink into the quagmire of being busy, or letting doubt, fear, confusion and a host of other non-productive human conditions pull me from my path.
It is in those moments I must stop, and breathe and act out — with grace.
For the next 52 weeks, every Monday I will be sharing one act of grace to inspire your every day living.
My goal is to practice each act of grace in my life every day. Some of the ideas I share may be things you do everyday, or maybe what I share will ignite your imagination to share some of your own acts of grace. I invite you to share them with me and everyone else here.
I hope you join in. I hope you share your ideas so that together, we can be like the butterflies and create waves of change all over the world.
Who knows what magic and wonder will arise as we delve into the joy of inspiring acts of grace in every day living.