On the way home from work I got a text from Kathi, who I'm living with at the moment. She invited me to go out to dinner with her and Dan. First off, about three weeks ago I had no idea who these people were. Not a clue, to be blunt, I didn't know they existed. Anyway, fast forward a couple weeks, they offered me a room in their beautiful house located in the heart of the Marina District in San Francisco, California. I was introduced to them through one of my best friends, David Sanford, whose mom is friends with Kathi.
At some point in their lives, David's mom made a difference in Kathi's life and they became good friends. Many years later, Kathi offers me a room to stay. At first I was a little scared about coming into a strangers house and not knowing anything about them. It turned out to be exactly what I needed at this point in my life, not only have they made a difference on my life, they've taught me some valuable lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. They've been through what I'm going through right now, they've completed the goals and dreams that I am pursuing. They are much older than I am but as every day goes by I look forward to coming home and listening to them talk about their lives. They made a difference on me, they left their footprint with me, and I hope that one day I can pass along my life experiences and make a difference in someone's life.
As I sat at dinner tonight and thought about all this, I realized maybe that's why we are here on this earth, we're given this great opportunity by God to make a difference. Could it be that simple? To wake up everyday and just make a difference, make tiny changes, use your individualism to change the world. Not only will I be a better person because of them, I can now pass along the valuable information they've given me. They've given me a new focus in my life and now I want to pass the torch and make a difference for someone else. The other thing that made me laugh is, it doesn't matter what age you are, what race you are, your title, your rank, your career....you can simply make a difference by smiling. I got to see Noah when I was home, with one smile, he made a difference in my day. Hanging out with my best friends at 3 in the morning shooting pool talking about our lives, that made a difference. My last cookout with the family, sitting in silence on the carport listening to the wind sing it's song, that made a difference.
I put this picture of the tree I took at the top because it really paralleled what I was trying to get across. A seed grew a trunk, a trunk grew a branch, a branch grew many branches, those branches grew leaves, and with those leaves came life. So plant your seed, make a difference, make a branch, and hopefully your branch will create another branch, and that branch will create a leaf and so on.
I'll go to bed saying this...I hope that one day someone will say I made a difference in their lives. I hope that I can be half as good of a friend, sibling, parent and grandparent as mine are to me and I hope that by making a difference in someone's life that they too will want to make a difference.
Sing in your own voice, dance your own dance, and share it with others.