A few years ago, Beyonce’ sung a song with a powerful message.  The lyrics left an indelible impression and after listening to it over and over, I begin to think about the impact (or lack of) that I am leaving on this world. Here are the lyrics:

I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time

Know there was something that, meant something that I left behind

When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets

Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget

 

I was here

I lived, I loved

I was here

I did, I’ve done everything that I wanted

And it was more than I thought it would be

I will leave my mark so everyone will know

I was here

 

I want to say I lived each day, until I died

And know that I meant something in, somebody’s life

The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave

That I made a difference, and this world will see

 

I was here

I lived, I loved

I was here

I did, I’ve done everything that I wanted

And it was more than I thought it would be

I will leave my mark so everyone will know

I was here

 

I just want them to know

That I gave my all, did my best

Brought someone some happiness

Left this world a little better just because

I was here

These lyrics, simple yet profound, challenged me to think about what I can do today to make a difference in someone’s life. How can I let my light shine and take on acts of kindness to make someone’s day?

Start today, no more waiting until you have everything together, because that will never happen. Let’s make an effort to make an impact in this world with what we have and where we are.

What are some things you’ve done to leave your mark?

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