After receiving numerous positive comments about the subject of one of my recent columns, I have reaffirmed two things: One, that my column is actually read and taken as the positive tool of betterment it is written to be, and two, that you, the readers, can help guide me on my ever-changing journey to being the best me that I can be.
In that column I wrote about making a difference in my life and in each of the lives I have the opportunity to touch. The subject of the column, Today is my tomorrow, was written as a reminder, particularly to myself, that the actions you take in the present have a tremendous impact on the future.
Since becoming an official Seminole County citizen, countless people in this community have made a positive impact on my todays and have tremendously affected the actions I have taken in the process of shaping my tomorrows.
Ever since day one of my arrival in Seminole County I have been the most grateful recipient of encouraging words, sincere invitations, numerous bags of fresh produce on my door knob and countless, selfless acts of generosity. Just last Friday night I opened my back door to find a doggy bag – filled with a variety of goodies – hanging on my back door handle. Because of these acts I have become a much better person than the one I was upon my arrival nine short years ago. I’m not saying that I was ever a bad person, but I will admit that before arriving in the land of the green where generosity seems to grow on trees, I was a much more selfish person. But that has changed.
After being subjected to and the witness of more acts of selfless generosity than I can even count, I can proudly say that I am a better person because I moved to Seminole County and had the privilege of being exposed to its citizens’ extremely contagious case of community pride and selflessness.
I am a proud and happy Seminole County citizen with a full blown case of What can I do to help you out?
When I was a teacher at Bainbridge College the most rewarding part of the job was when I had the opportunity to make a real difference in my students’ lives, either by improving their communication skills for a job interview or helping them help themselves gain confidence and magnify their self esteem. Those moments were priceless, and each and every time, they validated my very presence on this Earth.
I want to give back some of this selflessness. I want to help. I want to encourage. I want to live each and every day of my life with the purpose and the mind-set of helping to make someone’s today turn into an even better tomorrow. So from this point on, I want my words to do more than just inform; I want them to reflect the heart of the writer and convey a positive message that helping is a blessing for the giver as well as the receiver.
I want my actions to be judged and perceived as sincere acts. I want to make a positive difference in someone’s life because it will make a positive difference in mine, and selfishly speaking, because it will make me a much better person.
Point me in the right direction.
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