Some of us are Democrats. Some of us are Republicans.
Some of us believe in God. Some of us don’t.
Some of us cheer for good football teams. Some of us cheer for the Redskins.
Despite all our differences, we all have one thing in common:
We want our lives to matter.
I should probably cite some famous philosopher or Bible verse here, but Eminem probably said it best:
“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow,
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.”
We all want to make a difference. To leave a legacy. To live a life that people tell stories about.
Most days, I fall well short of those lofty goals.
I wake up, I iron my clothes (on a good day), I get dressed, I take the dog outside, I waste time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sports websites, I look at Microsoft Word for ten hours, I eat junk food, I drink a few sodas, I watch TV, and then I go to sleep.
Life is supposed to be so much more than that.
In addition to trying to read, pray, and hang out with friends more, I recently started keeping a “matter list.” Each day, I write down the ways I was a positive influence to those around me, whether stranger or friend, and how I made a difference in our world. Much more than any Britney song or Haribo gummy snack, this simple act has revolutionized my life. It is encouraging to actually put pen to paper (or thumb to iPhone) and record those instances, but more importantly, it has made me intentionally seek out those opportunities. Some might be big, others seemingly small, but regardless, it has been priceless to go to bed at night and cling to the idea that today I actually counted for something (other than law firm billable hours).