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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From my little Webster's: "utility n. 1 the quality or property of being useful; usefulness 2 something useful ..."

There's more, but this is the part I wanted to highlight. We're still in the part of the poem about why we race, what we are racing toward: "race for success, true utility".

The quality or property of being useful! Isn't that what "legacy" is all about? Isn't that what every human being desires? To be of service to our families, our communities, our nation, our world? To be of value? (And maybe a little bit to be recognized for that value?)

The older I get, the more I realize that this is at the core of being human, at the core of desire... to know that our presence on the planet made a difference. Each of us is useful and has a purpose. We may not know what it is, we may not even see the ripples of a comment we make to encourage someone, a small kindness. It is also true that there are things we do that have BAD ripples, intended or not. The hope of any lifetime is that the good ripples wash over the bad ones.

If we are people of faith, we have a high standard to live up to. In non-religious terms, faith keeps us desiring to "be good", to "do good"... to be and express our highest selves.

In that sense, whether we see ourselves as of use to our maker, or of use in service to humanity, is it not our responsibility to keep ourselves maintained for that purpose? If anything is getting in the way of your utility, it needs to be resolved and removed, faced and overcome. Because the world is just plain a better place when we are at our best.

And that is what makes LIFE good. Take care of yourself today. Because you are a valuable human being, of use to the world. We're in this together. Spark on. emoticon
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    To be publicly useful, privately happy (and there is a connection!!): most of us want that. (But: not to be used!!)
    1683 days ago
  • OWL_20
    Very thought-provoking! This really caught my eye: Because you are a valuable human being, of use to the world. Nice!
    1684 days ago
    Another great blog, Barb! Have a very useful day!! Hope you feel your utility, your value. The positive ripples you create are significant, even right here on SP! Spark On!!
    1684 days ago
    Thank you for another inspiring, thought provoking blog.
    1685 days ago
  • DALID414
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  • GABY1948
    "Because the world is just plain a better place when we are at our best. " I wish the "world" could all see just that one sentence...on a billboard or someplace! Wouldn't this be a much nice world to live in?

    Barb, this truly IS a great blog...thanks for all your work on you blogs!

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    1685 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    That is the true desire of many - to leave here knowing they have somehow made a positive impact on others. I am a Person of Faith and knowing this, I do have a responsibility to impact others for God's good. I am taking care of me today.

    Thanks for a great post!

    1685 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    LOVE this! I so want to make an impact/difference in someone's life around me, be it my family or my BF -encouraging them to get healthy, or at my job, making an impact with our wellness program. Beautifully written! Thanks, Barb!
    1685 days ago
    We are all useful and especially when we enlighten others and support them. You are my light for today and every day. HUGS!
    1685 days ago
    " . . . that is what makes LIFE good. Take care of yourself today. Because you are a valuable human being, of use to the world." That sums it up beautifully. And for sure, we sparkers are in this together to carve out a healthy lifestyle for ourselves.

    HUGS and definitely . . . spark on!
    1685 days ago
    I love the ripple analogy. You sometimes don't ever find out that you influenced someone.
    1685 days ago
    I am reminded of Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."

    Its difficult being patient. We want to run that full maratrhon 15 minutes before we run our first 5K.

    Faith is tough. It's why we have so much help. emoticon
    1685 days ago
    Excellent blog. We never know the effect we have on some people.

    Words to live by. Thank you.
    1685 days ago
    Great words! I believe that one feels more "valuable" when in service to others. I know as a teacher I want to make a difference. I can only hope that it's positive and that others learn from my example.

    Thanks for the great blog series!
    1685 days ago
    Good thoughts for today...thanks. emoticon
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