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 SOMEBODY

TLCarmell

 

Everybody wants to be a “somebody”. But does everybody really want to make the effort to be somebody? Do we only want to be a “somebody” if it means fame and riches? Is that what a “somebody” is? How do we define being a “somebody”? 

Sitting in a restaurant, enjoying a meal with a friend. The conversation is flowing and hearts are lifted. Then comes the wail of a very unhappy child.  The parent tries to appease the child to no avail. The screaming persists.  People start to mutter and turn their heads, “Somebody should do something.”

Walking through the park, enjoying the sunshine and the warm breeze. The laughter of children swinging to and fro. A dog or two are playing fetch. A beautiful day for a picnic. You stop. Layout your feast and start to munch away. There’s litter blowing in the wind. It gets caught in the branches of a nearby shrub. It has company. You look around and see more litter. You roll your eyes and mutter, “Somebody should do something about this.”

The local food bank is having another drive … again. You just gave last month, plus you’ve got school supplies to pay for, car repairs and an increase in a few other bills. Contrary to the belief of some people, you don’t have a money tree in the backyard. “Somebody should do something!”

Everywhere we go, we run into circumstances where “somebody should do something”. Our world is filled with things that “somebody” should do something about. But many of us are forgetting something. Something very important. We are that “somebody”.

You are a somebody. In fact, you are a great somebody! You are a somebody who has recognized a need! You are the somebody who sees that someone or something needs addressing. You may even be the somebody who has an idea on how to fix that need! You can be the somebody who provides the solution to the problem.

Yet, it is at this point that most of us drop the ball and the ability to be a “somebody” is passed on to “somebody” else. An opportunity is lost, and we all lose out.

So, I challenge you. I challenge myself. Be a “somebody” today! Be THE “somebody” that is so desperately needed in this world. How? Easy. Let’s go back over the above scenarios:

The screaming child. Go up to the parent, “I know you’re tired and you need a break too. Let’s see if the restaurant has some crayons and paper, or maybe a snack that the little one could have.” A kind word goes a long way. It may work … it may not. But you did something. You tried something. You were the somebody in that parent’s day.

The trash. This is an easy one. You have two options, grab some of that trash and put it in the garbage can. Or, better yet, organize a park clean-up in your neighbourhood with all the neighbours! Get a clean park and neighbours become friends. You just became the somebody who did something!

The Food Bank. We are all stretched! But thank God, most of us have enough means to get through the month. But some of us don’t. So, you give up a few more dollars towards the food bank. It’s not enough to make a dent in your budget, but will make a huge difference in the life of another. If you really are that stretched and you can only afford a can of tomato sauce, then get a group together. Organize a food drive with your friends, family, co-workers, church members, or neighbours. Now you’re a somebody. The somebody who helped a family in need.

Being a “somebody” isn’t about fame or riches. It’s about doing what’s right and what’s needed. It’s about getting off the proverbial couch and putting our words into actions. There’s no reason why you can’t be a somebody because, let’s face it, you are!

 

Do you want to know the best part about being a “somebody”?  It’s contagious!

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