Why it's worth knowing you matter

emerging-butterfly-256x300.jpg

They say a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil and it causes a tornado in Texas.

That's why it's worth knowing you matter.

Because, honestly, when you think you don't matter, it drains me, and the next person I interact with feels it, and the person after that.

Because, when you think you do matter, you inspire me and lift me up and give me hope that I matter, too.

Because, when you think you don't matter, your kids feel it and absorb it and think that's the way it is in the world.

Because, when you think you do matter, we laugh more and notice more and have so many more ideas and solve so many more problems.

Because, when you think you don't matter, you don't trust the Universe (or me) to meet you halfway, so you make yourself small, just when I need your energy or insight or ideas.

Because, when you think you do matter, the grocery clerk knows it, the woman who delivers the mail knows it, your co-workers know it, that guy you pass every day walking into work knows it - and they all absorb it for themselves.

Whether you think you matter or not, either way, positive or negative, your ripples are at least as powerful as the butterfly's flutter in Brazil.

So maybe it's worth knowing you matter - and maybe it's worth letting every human being know they matter - if not for you, then for the folks in Texas -- and Virginia, and right next door.