Everyone wants to be famous. Okay, maybe not everyone – but a lot of us (self included) have certainly fallen into a daydream about all the good we could do, if only we were famous.

And of course, the desire to do good and to make the world better is not a bad thing – but we get led astray as to how we can do that. We fall for quantity over quality.

St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

This is what she was talking about. We think that the more people who know our names, the more we’ll be able to change the world. But, it’s not the more people who know us, but the more we know the people around us, the more they know us.

Our sphere of influence (real influence) is not by the millions – it’s our family, our friends, our neighbors.

Instead of focusing all of our efforts ‘out there,’ look ‘right here.

Not a single one of us can change the world, but we can change someone’s world. We can be present to our kids, we can be a good friend, we can be a loving son. And, that effort can have effects that echo through history.

 

Be the Men,

 

Mark

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