I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that nothing is by chance and that even those things that seem to be coincidence are not. I believe that people come into our lives for a purpose, no matter how seemingly small. Everyone has an effect on everyone else, even if it is just to brighten your day by the smallest degree. And I know that some people may have a hugely profound effect on you, even if you don’t recognize it at the time.
I know that the choices you make now can have a huge effect on your life later. If you make dumb decisions now, you’ll pay for it later. But if you make good, intelligent decisions now, you will be blessed later, in small ways or in big ways. I’ve learned this over and over, but sometimes I still can’t really get it through my head.
I believe that you can learn something from everyone you meet, and from every situation you find yourself in. Even if all you learn is not to procrastinate a project or to be a little nicer to someone. I’ve learned that just saying “hello” to someone can make them smile, which can, in turn, make their day a little brighter. I’ve learned that by being kind to others I can, in turn, brighten my day. When I see others around me who are happy, I’m happy too. And let’s face it, life is easier when you’re happy.
I believe that everyone can make a difference. Whether you change the world, change someone’s life, or just change someone’s attitude for a moment, you’ve made a difference. And making a difference feels good. It is these differences that allow us to leave our legacy. People will remember us for what we do, and it doesn’t matter if it’s “Oh yeah, that person ended world hunger,” or “That person was always nice to me, and I loved being around them.” Because either way, we’re being remembered, and it’s for something that we would want to be remembered for.
It always seems like it’s easier to hate someone, because you feel like you’re putting less energy towards them. But really, I’ve learned that it’s easier to love. You may end up spending more of your time on someone, but you’ll be happier, less stressed, and you’ll gain love in return. And we could all use more love in our lives.
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