By Taylor Bonilla
Work for a Cause ...
Not for Applause...
Live life to Express ...
Not to Impress....
Don't strive to make your Presence noticed....
Just make your Absence felt...
Sometimes the most powerful things come in the simplest forms. I found this quote while browsing the website http://www.stumbleupon.com/.
is an easy way to discover new and interesting web pages, photos and
videos from across the Web. When I came across this quote, it made me
think about my life and the things I have accomplished and goals I have
yet to fulfill.
The last two lines resonate with me the most. They suggest that life is
much more than a popularity contest; it is about creating a better place
for generations to come. When you are in people's lives of course you
will be noticed, you are physically there. The point to think about is
that when you're gone have you done enough to make an impression on the
people you are around? You can be noticed for the duration of how long
you live, but if you are gone and nobody misses you, it demonstrates who
you were. You may have been good at being in the spotlight but you
weren't very good at staying there. It is important to do your best and
be the best person you can without engaging to be glorified. Doing good
things should come from being compassionate, not from being
rewarded. If you are a good person that gives more then takes, when
you're gone people will notice the difference and your legacy will be
remembered for decades.
I look back at the history of mankind, there are a select few people
who stood out in the darkest of times. There were people so passionate
that what they thought was right, even when the majority were against
them at times. Even though they passed away years or decades ago we
still remember who they were and what they stood for. Our world is faced
with many difficulties that take a toll on us all. It is hard to
imagine a group of people, let alone a single person, seizing the task
of solving the worldwide problems facing us. I think that most people on
this planet want to be a part of something greater; to contribute to
making some kind of significant change. It is our pride that sometimes
clouds our judgement because we want the "applause" or recognition for
doing something, even when we know doing the right thing should always
come first. A person's life should not be to "impress" others, but to
"express" one's individuality. I understand that not everyone will be
remembered throughout history; that not everyone will be given that
chance to demonstrate the humanity that is in all of us. However, our
reason for doing good should not be clouded by popularity, riches, or
materials, because it won't matter how rich you are; no one can buy