Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I WILL Change the World

As a kid, there were times I wanted to be famous.  I wanted everyone to know who I was and believe I was wonderful.  I wanted to make a grand discovery or create something breath-taking or just be so incredible that everyone had to know me.

I no longer have that desire.  Partly because I have seen what fame is like.  I truly believe most famous people are miserable.  They are still searching for approval.  They are still trying to fill that hole in their heart that says they're incomplete.

I'm not.  I am complete.  I am content.

But I WILL change the world.

I used to think I had to be famous to change the world.  Or that if I changed the world it would make me famous.  Neither of those things is necessarily true (although it can happen).

The best part of being sick (I call myself sick even though we can't figure out what's wrong; my body doesn't function the way it should -- to me, that's sick) is what I have learned.  I have learned to slow down.  I have learned to spend time with people.  I have learned to look them in the eyes and listen.  I have learned to hear the pain in their hearts.

And that's how to change the world.  Touch one heart.  Lift one burden.  Comfort one soul.  And the world is changed for the better.

I don't need to reach millions; I just need to reach one.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robin, you have helped me and I am grateful for your post today and all the others...I am on my way to emotional health once again and my husband is right beside me. I belive you are being used by God with your gifts of compassion and ability to listen to other peoples stories and make them feel better because you care. Thank you from at least one you have reached! I pray blessings for you, your family, ministry and your health!

And because I can't figure out how to sign into my silly google account right now, I chose anonymous to post, but I will sign proudly!
Sincerely,
Julie Burgess :)

Lucy McCracken said...

Robin you are amazing! Thank you for sharing from your heart! I love what you said "I don't need to reach millions; I just need to reach one." It's so true! :)

Jennifer said...

Have you ever read or heard the story about the star fish? A man was walking down the beach and tons of starfish had washed a shore. He saw another man slowly picking them up and tossing them back in the ocean. He stopped the man and asked him why he was doing it. What could it possibly matter? He couldn't save all of them. The man looked at him and said, "it matters to this one." I will never ever forget that. It reminds me that those little things do add up to something pretty special.

Suz said...

You are most definitely on your way to changing the world. Thank you for sharing.

Luvs
Suz

Mothering From Scratch said...

{Melinda} Beautiful and so true! Jesus changed the world one person at a time. :)

another jennifer said...

Love this! I totally agree, and I'm sure you've reached more than just one. :)

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

And THAT is how you change the world. One person at a time.
Great post!!

Denise Malloy said...

Powerful words and so true. I like your honest and direct writing. I'll be back. Stopping by from SITS, thanks for visiting me too.

Marisol said...

what amazing words of wisdom. one person at a time, one thing at a time. I'm definitely taking this to heart.

thanks for stopping by my blog!

Bonnie Atkinson said...

You and me both sister. Oorah. ;)

The Lovely One said...

You are totally and completely changing the world. We all are.

Trina said...

I agree! This reminds me of me- totally! I just want my life to amount to something. I want it to please my heavenly father. I don't think I'll ever be someone special, like a general relief society president, a famous singer etc. but I do think I have the ability to help people, individuals. I figure this. If I do one good thing for someone a day, that's 365 good deeds a year. Someone in there is bound to be touched, inspired to improve or better themselves or the life around them etc. I definitely think this is the best way. We're told that each soul is important to the Lord, why not work on one of them at a time. It's much more personal, and they're more likely to know the Lord sent me to help them.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I appreciate it.

agapewoman said...

That's exactly how you change the world...love it!

Anne said...

In the end, that is really what matters, not the millions nor the accolade of people but of making a difference even to just one person. You've definitely touched me Robin!

Felicia said...

I Really loved this post. You are so right. We can change the world by helping one person at a time.

It's amazing the things in life that teaches us to slow down. After having my son I started to realize that I need to slow down and look at life from his eyes. By doing that I'm able to listen to more, to actually smell flowers, and to appreciate all that I have.

Thanks for sharing!! Stopping by from SITS!

Ferly said...

This is excellent! I think that we are made to believe that fame and wealth will make us happy. What we often don't realize is that there are those who live in the poorest parts of the world who are happier than many of us here in well off America because they have contentment.

It takes a long time for some of us to learn that if we can touch one, we may have just fulfilled our destiny. How awesome that you are bound to change the world around you, no matter the quantity.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope to see you there again soon.

~ Ferly
Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

Tina @ Like Ordinary Life said...

Great perspective! You are changing MY world with your positive thoughts right now! Stopping by from SITS.

Kathy at kissing the frog said...

I love this! I love your additude. Mother Theresa said, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Touching one person starts a chain. I'll be remembering this. :)

Beverly said...

Amen! Isn't it wonderful and freeing when we come to this realization?! (SITS)

OneMommy said...

So true, it takes touching one person to change the world -

Rebecca R. said...

What a beautiful, inspiring post!! Thank you for sharing!! Visiting from SITS.

Nicole {WonkyWonderful} said...

Very True - and well said. Thanks for stopping by my blog - have a great weekend :)

BossyGirl1980 said...

I love this!! Yes this is how ALL people should live!

Caren with a "C" said...

So true Miss Robin! I saw your name earlier on SITS and had to check in to see what you were up to.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

And by being so forthright and honest here on this blog, you are showing people that they are not along. By doing this, you are touching many who might not be touched without this!

Wombat Central said...

What a wonderful outlook on life! Imagine if we all acted in the very same way.

I also love your header. :)

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

Awesome thoughts. You are so correct.

Blond Duck said...

I always thought I'd change the world and be a famous author...now I just want to write books that matter.

Ginny Marie said...

Beautiful post, Robin, and something we all need to remember!

Ugochi said...

This is a beautiful post Robin, and should be everyone's desire. TO CHANGE THE WORLD and make positive influences in people's lives.

Classic NYer said...

I think most people are miserable whether they're famous or not. If more people were as secure as you are, the world would be a very different and much better place. So, there, you've already changed it. :-)

c said...

Wow, what a powerful post Robin. I can't remember wanting to be famous growing up but I wanted to DO something. When you see things that are broke you want to just fix them and as a kid you put less limitations on yourself.

Touch one heart. Lift one burden. Comfort one soul.

That is a beautiful way to change the world.

Missy said...

Keep it up! :)

Libby said...

Your touch is far reaching too. I still remember the week, which seems like an age ago, when you stopped by my blog. Your comments always make me smile. You are changing the world.

Barbara said...

Thank you for sharing. You will change the world!

Running Circles said...

Robin you've definitely touched my heart many times. I am grateful that you've taken the time to read, but also that you seem to have a natural gift for knowing what to say. I've learned and gain different perspectives. Thank you for that.

Lisa said...

Ooooh. I second this. Except I kind of want to be famous too. Like be on Big Brother famous. lol.

Barbaraguek said...

You and me both sister. Oorah. ;)