Even if it’s after I have long shuffled off this mortal coil.
Look at Mozart – a child prodigy, who wrote the most astounding pieces, who lived in debt, and who eventually died a pauper, buried in a common pit and covered with lime. A sad, ignominious end to a life of brilliance.
But whose music lives on, to this very day.
I defy anyone to say that they’ve never heard of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
For genius, certainly.
But what of others? Here’s a few:
Steve Jobs, Randy Pausch, Stephen Hawking, John F Kennedy, William Kamkwamba, Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama, Andrew Strong, Jonathon Antoine, Paul Potts, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, Kerry Boustead, Brad Thomas, Julie McDonald, Robert Scoble, Seth Godin, Victor Chang, Fred Hollows, Jason Bonham (I could go on) – choose your favourite person and add them to the list.
Some have passed away, some are still with us. Some were geniuses, some were very influential, some just did what they had a passion for. Some earned squillions, some not. Were those who earned a meagre existence compared to the wealthy any less worthy of our recognition?
No, because they lit a spark inside all of us that want to make a difference in the world, regardless of social standing or background.
But ultimately, what do we accord all of them?
For something undertaken that changed the way people think about what’s important, for doing something that others lambasted them for, for reaching out to those less well off, for just wanting to show the world that they have something to contribute, to everyone.
And to love what they do, without reservation.
And for all those things, I salute you, all of you.
And recognise the goodness in you, all of you.
And for making my life, and what I want to share with the world, something worth doing.
Thank you – for showing me the way.
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