What will history see in me?
I received this great writing prompt this morning from friend, and author, Monna Ellithorpe, about writing your own autobiography.
My first thought was… who would read it? But, then after reading more of Monna’s prompt I realized…
“I may not be called to the masses… but I am called.”
And I must add, so are you.
When looking at our gifts in life many of us shy away and consider that we may have nothing to offer. The first thing we need to do is stop trying to be like someone else and develop the gifts we were given.
Who knows, I may be nurturing the next greatest Billy Graham, world scientist, leading mathematician, writer, poet, singer…
the possibilities are endless.
Just one small act of kindness or encouragement may do it. What are you giving to others? How will that impact what they may be able to accomplish in life.
How would you feel if you had been the mother/father of Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur?
How many times did Thomas Edison have to tweak and redo the light bulb before he accomplished his task? My understanding is almost 5,000. Who do you think was behind him cheering him on? “Keep going Tommy, you can do it.” Probably someone very close to him.
Read this excerpt:
In 1854, the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, where Edison attended public school for a total of 12 weeks. A hyperactive child, prone to distraction, he was deemed “difficult” by his teacher. His mother quickly pulled him from school and taught him at home. At age 11, he showed a voracious appetite for knowledge, reading books on a wide range of subjects. In this wide-open curriculum Edison developed a process for self-education and learning independently that would serve him throughout his life.
I love going to my daughter’s house to be greeted at the door by “Na Na” and “Nonnie.”
(My 21month old grandson can’t say “Nonnie,” but “Na Na” is just as precious.)
So, for my small part in the world, I am the light in someone’s eyes!
I may only make up silly poems and songs for my grandchildren, but they find them entertaining. Story time for us may only be what some consider average daily occurrences, but I treasure the payment I receive with hugs and kisses.
We may have to conclude that gifts and skills are not only for ourselves but also for others. So, take time to nurture those valuable relationships in your life.
Sometimes in life we may not be the star… but the invaluable supporting cast.
What will History see in you?
I’m a mother, and grandmother, who writes silly songs and poems.
When wondering what will history see of me, I know that I’m an important part of a very special family.
I am the Light in Someone’s eyes
I am the light in someone’s eyes
The moon and sea, the stars which rise.
I am not always center stage-
I’m not the sun, I’m just the rays.
I capture smiles and twinkling eyes-
I kiss skinned knees; I yell surprise.
I hold small hands, and touch small hearts
His’try awards me this grand part.
BG Jenkins © 2014