Stand for Something

November 30, 2013

One of the challenges and sometimes mysteries of life is answering the question, “Why am I here.”

It’s simultaneously plain and profound…and so is the answer.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born
and the day you discover why.

- attributed to Mark Twain

It usually cascades down to one thing: What do (did) you do with your time?

If you really want to understand what a person is all about, look at what they have done with their time and you’ll likely get your answer. Do this not in a judgmental or critical way, but with an openness and acceptance that allows you to see the person. 

But before you set off on a quest to better understand others, I respectfully and emphatically suggest that you take a good look at yourself. 

What have you done? What do you stand for?

Don’t allow your self-evaluation to become a good versus bad, more versus less, or even a selfish versus selfless determination. It’s not about that. It’s about your commitment to something that is bigger than yourself. It’s about honoring your purpose in life.

What do you stand for? What matters to you? What was important enough for you to get up and do something about it?

And: did you stay the course? Did you create something to leave behind? 



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