The Tiny Speck in an Ever Changing World
Author: Christine McLean
Have you ever attempted to pick up every grain of sand on the seashore or count the number of stars in a starlit sky? These impossible tasks may cause you to think that that a single star or tiny grain of sand has no significance. However, what would the seashore be without each grain of sand and what would the constellations be without each star? So many people in this world view themselves as tiny insignificant grains of sand instead of looking at the bigger picture of how they contribute to the beautiful seashore.
There is a popular poem written by an unknown author that states
Your presence is a present to the world. You’re unique and one of a kind. Your life can be what you want it to be.
In an ever changing world it becomes increasingly important for you to make your presence felt regardless of how overwhelming that may seem. This does however raise the question…how do you make your presence felt?
Understand that You Are Unique
There is no one in the world exactly like you. You may not be a great singer or actress or pianist but you have a special set of skills and talents that can make a positive and long lasting impact in someone’s life. Look at yourself in the mirror each day and tell yourself that you are beautiful and special. Accept your flaws and capitalize on your strengths.
Make Use of Your Potential
Munroe (2002) stated that the graveyards are the wealthiest areas in the world because they contain “dreams that never came to pass, songs that were never sung, books that were never written, paintings that never filled a canvas, ideas that were never shared, visions that never became reality, inventions that were never designed, plans that never went beyond the drawing board of the mind and purposes that were never fulfilled. Our graveyards are filled with potential that remained potential.” What dream do you have that you are too afraid to make a reality? Are you going to contribute to the wealth of the graveyard or to make a difference in the world? Imagine if Steve Jobs never followed his dream to create the Apple, a company that is now one of the leaders in technology. Yes, we would have our Samsung Galaxy and Blackberry phones but we would have missed out on the ingenuity of the iPhone. Your idea may not be as big as Steve Jobs but never underestimate the impact it can make on the world.
Appreciate the Value of Networking
We meet people everywhere we go but how many of us create opportunities out of these interactions? The person you are sitting beside at a conference could be the CEO of a small company and may just be able to provide you with the job that you need to realize your potential. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that you may never know this unless you initiate a conversation and get to know him. Learn how to see opportunities and make use of them.
Never underestimate your value in this world. Your presence makes the seashore of life the beauty it is.
 Munroe, M. (2002). Understanding your potential. (p.15). Pennsylvania: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.