There is a 21-year-old young man in the Dominican Republic who grew up not knowing his father. One day he met his dad who told him he was a mistake. As you can imagine, the son was devastated. However, not long afterward, the son received a letter from a stranger reminding him of his value. The young man later contacted his father and told him that he was not a mistake and even if he was, he’s the best mistake his father ever made.
Words carry weight. How do you see yourself? Do you know and believe that you are valuable beyond measure and no one changes that fact? It’s true and not only should you celebrate your value but you should help others see their own. Why did the father say such a jarringly hurtful thing? How does he view himself? To be fair, many fathers today – like my dad – are caring, men of honor who are excellent examples of fatherhood. Nonetheless, the young man in DR could just as well have been in India, The Bahamas, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Africa or somewhere else in the world. Location doesn’t matter. Matters of the heart and mind do. Stand tall, believe in yourself, and be the light in someone else’s life. #myheartmatters, #knowyourvalue, #sonoftheKing, #kirkjohnsonworldwide
Where there is life, there are relationships ~ Kirk Johnson
Do you remember the last time someone said or did something that made you feel good about yourself? Perhaps it was a compliment from a love one or a coworker genuinely congratulating you for a job well done. The point is, we tend to remember the feeling even if the details fade from memory. Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Whether you are on the job, in the community or at home, you are a person of influence. Make someone “feel” good today! It may only take a genuine smile. #mattersoftheheart, #youmatter, #thingsthatmatter, #kirkjohnsonworldwide
The ‘Right’ Words to Say
It has been a really long time since I last wrote and I have about a million great excuses for you. Reasons like, “I’ve been super busy” and “There’s been a lot going on.” Truth is, I felt like I didn’t have the ‘right’ words to say. I waited for and even anticipated the perfect juxtaposition of words. I was sure that once inspired, my words would flow like tapestry on virtual paper. It simply did not happen. But eventually something clicked.
Finding the right time and the right words have a lot to do with what we value. It isn’t that we do not have demanding schedules or that we don’t have to choose among choices. Fact is, that’s life. Life requires us to make choices among competing options. It expects us to prioritize the more important things and very importantly, to balance and harmonize them. Otherwise, we risk not getting things done or getting many things done but in the wrong direction.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after,” Henry David Thoreau. We can spend a lot of time and effort on a good thing, a great project, even a worthy goal. But is it consistent with the direction your life should move towards? Where are you investing your life? Are you making the time for what and who really matters? Had I continued to wait for the perfect words, I could not share this blog with you. Life is a mix of relationships and decisions.
Check your life’s compass to make sure you are on course. You’ve got what it takes and What You Do Matters!