Today we’re celebrating two August birthdays, those of Julia Child and Mother Teresa. These two women have made an impact on our world in ways we’ll always be grateful for and learning from. Mother Teresa, as we’ll talk about here, made her impact in life through her words and actions towards other people.
One of Mother Teresa’s greatest gifts was her ability to love others unconditionally. This ability to love allowed her to see past people’s faults, mistakes and appearances, to see them in the greater scheme of things and allow herself to open up to who they were inside. Quite simply she said:
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
In life Mother Teresa made it her daily mission to show anyone and everyone she could that they could, and should, be loved. Yes, she did work in the areas of physical need, she helped feed many people and spoke highly of organizations and people who were meeting the needs of people around the world. It’s a great thing to be able to make that kind of impact on people in the world.
But what Mother Teresa did was more than that. At the end of the day Mother Teresa didn’t just lead with her actions, she inspired with her words. She didn’t just set an example for us to follow, she told us how we can make a difference in someone’s life no matter who we are. You have power with your words and your words do make a difference. You can share an encouraging word on Twitter, send a thoughtful note to a friend in need, or be kind to the flustered stranger behind you in line at the store. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa or have a national spotlight to make a difference. You can show that you love to anyone and everyone you come into contact with.
Who will you share love with today?