Who? Me???? Yes, YOU!

If there was no one in your life who cared if you lived or died, how do you think you’d feel? Can you imagine life without anyone – no parents…brothers…sisters…relatives…friends? Alone for all intents and purposes. It would be a lonely existence, and one that would make a person question his or her purpose in this world. Where would be the joy?

I think the joy comes when we act on a specific thought that is put into each of our hearts. No, not the same thought, but a thought that only we ourselves are able to accomplish – merely one of a myriad of reasons why you were brought into this life. It may be an urge to reach out. Perhaps it concerns a person in need of comfort, someone who is lonely, or someone who is sick. Perhaps it is about someone who has hurt you. Maybe it’s a thought that comes to mind when you look at a passerby.

It may be only a glimmer of an idea. It may not be clearly formed. But don’t dismiss it! Think about it. Ponder why you might be thinking about it. Then, even if you have no idea why something you would say or do could possibly make a difference, take action.

The words you say may be the final words a dying person hears. What you do may stop a person from taking his own life. Perhaps encouragement, a smile, a helping hand are all that are needed to get someone through a rough patch in his or her life. Take a chance! Take a risk!

Yes, you were meant to be here. It matters not where you live, the color of your skin, how much money you have, or how intelligent you are. ONLY YOU can make that certain difference. Don’t waste a moment – act now!

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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