Wow! Our days just fly by! We’ve no time for ourselves, let alone others, so the drive-by hellos, dismissive waves, and curt responses to all those people in our way are absolutely, utterly unavoidable. It’s not our fault ~ we just don’t have time!
I beg to differ.
There’s a fable about Albert Einstein and his fascination with Mohandas Gandhi. According to this story, over and again, Einstein watched newsreels of Gandhi bowing to greet others with hands pressed together, uttering a single word ~ namaste. Intensely curious, Einstein wrote Gandhi and asked him the meaning of this greeting to which Gandhi replied:
“I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace and wisdom. I honor the place in you where, when you are in that place, and I am in that place, there is only one of us.”
This ancient greeting acknowledges the equality and honours the sacredness of each one of us. It’s true meaning might be summed up in two words:
Einstein and Gandhi were, without question, two of the most extraordinary people who contributed to our human condition ~ wise, insightful, and profoundly intelligent. They also shared another attribute – neither lost their childlike perception in the way they saw the world and the people in it.
It is by seeing through the eyes of a child that they were able to perceive possibility, to envision equality, and engender compassion. I believe this enduring connection contributed to their genius.
In her TedxDesMoines talk, my friend Angela Maiers borrowed a phrase from Seth Godin’s book, Linchpin, to start her class each day: “You are a genius and the world needs your contribution”. Through this, she is able to introduce children to the reality that ‘They Matter’. Angela, and her fellow educators, lead them to realize how important Mattering is to individuals and to a culture.
Whether we are five, fifteen, or fifty years old, we are genius. The world needs our contribution. The world needs us to recognize that We All Matter. Significance is critical to all of us and it isn’t found in the glare of a spotlight, on a marquee, or through thundering applause. Your, and everyone’s, significance is found through sharing the realization that We All Matter ~ that we all are equal and sacred.
It is possible to change the world with these two words: You Matter. Recognize and acknowledge significance. We have much to learn from the minds of children. And from them? We can Expect Great Things.
Are you ready to change the world? Tomorrow starts today. Please support the You Matter Foundation ~ the world needs your contribution.
After you watch Angela’s 3-minute video below, please take ONE more minute to watch this wonderful video ~> Expect Great Things (from Second Graders!)