Sunday, January 30, 2011

Leave Nothing Less Than Something - What it means

I guess I should start off with what it means.  "Leave Nothing Less" that is...There is this song, I Was Here by Lady Antebellum, here is the chorus.
I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I've been given
And I wanna try
To touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less
Than something that says “I was here”
This song just really says what I feel. I feel I was put here to do something more than just go through the 
motions of each day. I feel I was put here to do something full of greatness. What great thing? That I don't 
know. Maybe, like the song says, I'll write a book like Mark Twain, paint like Van Gogh, cure the common 
cold, or compose symphonies. Or maybe I won't do any of those things, especially paint, since my art skills 
are quite.... well - horrendous.  

Maybe my great thing is something not so great. Great as in large, that is. 
Maybe I'm supposed to do something smaller. Maybe that something won't 
 make a difference to the whole world, maybe just to a few, but as long as it makes a 
difference to at least one, I will call it a success. One of my favorite stories is about the 
starfish thrower. If you don't know what I am talking about check it out here. (They have 
author unknown, but it is an excerpt of an essay by Loren Eiseley called "The Star Thrower")

So while maybe I am not being called to cure cancer or be the next Oprah, this is what I know.  I know that I was called to be an intern for Susan G. Komen for the Cure - St. Louis and be a part of the 10th anniversary St. Louis Race for the Cure - the biggest 5k in the world!  I know that when my future children are studying Hurricane Katrina in history class, I will be able to say that I was called to spend spring break of my freshman year of college, gutting houses in the lower ninth ward, leaving my mark on NOLA.  Lastly, I know that this year I am being called to be working at an elementary school, trying to make a difference in the lives of a few nine, ten and eleven year olds.  "I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life.  LEAVE NOTHING LESS THAN SOMETHING that says I was here."  I don't know where life is going to take me, all I know is that my goal is to leave my mark on the world. 

This blog will probably be pretty random because... well because I am a pretty random person.  I have many different hobbies.  I like to bake and this year I am going to attempt cake decorating.  I also like to do random crafty things, especially if they involve getting to use power tools, :)  I also really like photography.  
So - random - this blog will be full of randomness, but that is me, and that is the mark I will leave.  The nothing less than something to say I was here!

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