I want to meet Olivia Binfield! She is so tiny and young and already has such a deep passion in life. Watching her with her awkward hair and her somewhat geeky mannerisms combined with a maturity that seemed out of place in someone so young brought tears to my eyes. She is absolutely adorable and so wonderful! What a creative and courageous little girl. My mind is flying thinking about how she will impact her world as she grows up. It is clear that she has already been encouraged to follow her heart and her giftings. I would love to send a thank you to her parents for helping her to develop into who she was created to be. What a gift it was to me to trip across this gem of a child on YouTube. There must be thousands more whom I would love to hear about. If it wasn’t for the internet I would miss seeing so many people and their incredible ideas and perspectives.
What about all the incredible people tucked away in small communities around the world who no doubt are blessing everyone around them. Who encouraged and helped them to become the individuals that they are meant to be. I will never know who they all are. Maybe they will never be known outside of the people close to them whom they impact the most. I doesn’t need to be bigger than that anyway.
I sometimes feel bad when I think back and realize how many times I squashed some dream one of my children had. I know that I encouraged them in many ways as well but the ways that I may have held them back haunt me. Was I trying to protect them from some unknown difficulty or was I just trying to make my path easier by avoiding having to help them pursue their ideas. Have I robbed them of a path that they might have pursued that would have led them to a career that might have fulfilled their inner longings? I will never know.
Everyone in the world is a unique individual with something to offer to society. We are little cogs in the huge mechanism of life. We all have roles to play in society and everyone of them is important. I am still looking for my little niche in the world. I am 56 years old now but still have plenty of years ahead of me, God willing. My time raising and educating my children was definitely somewhere that I totally loved being. Now they are all grown up and I am trying to discover my next place of intense fulfillment. Whom will I be able to touch in my circle to create my next mark on the world? I want to have a positive impact and leave a lasting footprint here.
One of my favorite websites is TED.com. It is rife with awesome people and how they bring their rich ideas into being. I remember watching a video of an adolescent boy from somewhere in Africa that had built a generator for his village out of old bicycle parts etc. so that he could have electricity in his village of mud huts. He was so creative and ingenious! People now can have cellphones there because they can come and plug in to charge them up. He has opened up his world for himself and all the people that live in his community. Am I overlooking the gems in my own circle of the world? I pray that my God will open my eyes to see the wonder in all the people I meet.
Where is the place that your cog tooth bites into your world?