When I was in college I had big dreams.
I was going to be a psychologist, then a teacher, then a world-famous speaker, and then a best-selling author.
I couldn’t make up my mind. Each dream seemed better than the last.
Among them all, though, was my burning desire to make things better.
In my young heart and naive mind I felt like I could change the world all by myself.
And I couldn’t wait to get out of college and get started.
Of course, I didn’t know what the future would hold for me.
I never became a psychologist. I was only a teacher for a short while.
I created many stories that touched many people, but I was never a best-selling author either.
Instead I finally got married and became the father to three children.
I became a friend to many people. I learned to love and care, and work and share.
I also learned that I didn’t need to be famous or have a certain job to make things better.
I saw that while I couldn’t change the world all by myself, I could help to change my own small part of it.
Most of all I realized that I didn’t have to wait to get this world changed.
I saw that every single thing I did changed this world in some small way.
As Anne Frank put it, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Why wait then? Start improving the world around you today.
Share your love, laughter, and smile. Spread your joy and kindness.
Make the world a little brighter by shining your light in it.