Wednesday, 19 December 2012

“Not because they are easy, but because they are hard . . .”

These ten words are some of the most inspirational words ever spoken in the twentieth century. It was part of a speech that U.S. president John F. Kennedy gave at Rice University in 1962. We were at the dawn of a new age. There was nothing that mankind couldn't accomplish if we just set our minds to it! In that decade we walked on the moon, the Concorde made its maiden flight and the internet was born. In fact, much of what we take for granted today was born in this age of discovery. We haven’t looked back.

Mankind continues to progress at an astonishing rate, but what are you doing to stay in the race? It doesn't matter what your contribution is – just contribute! We may not all be able to help cure cancer, or help the blind to see. But we can inspire others to greatness. Think about the little girl with cancer who refuses to give up. She’s confined to a hospital bed, on life support, but she refuses to be beaten. She perks up every time her favourite doctor walks in the room and her smile is infectious. Now she may not win her fight with cancer, but her spirit and her determination inspires that young doctor to go on and do great things. Ten years later, his efforts lead to a cure for the cancer that took that little girls life. Millions of lives are saved.

This is how the smallest person or smallest effort can change the world. Don’t believe your personal contribution is meaningless. Inspiring stories move others to great things. In this way, all of us make a difference. I must admit, I haven’t always felt this way myself. In fact, I’d go so far as to say life had beaten me down at one point. We've all been there. The bills are piling up, maybe you've just lost your job and you can’t see the way forward. But there is a way forward. Pick yourself up and take control of your life. Don’t expect the answers to smack you in the face. Dust yourself off and get back at it.