Believe Them

When someone tells you that you’re awesome, believe them.

There is no one like you. So that makes you kind of a big deal.

Remember: From the start, you were a “bundle of joy.” By any measure, that’s a pretty good entrance. How you’re viewed and how you feel at the exit depends on everything that happens in between. 

At the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan, an old Ryan says to his wife: Tell me I’ve lead a good life. Tell me I’m a good man.

Many, many years before I saw the movie, one of my childhood friends told me that he saw his sick and old grandmother pass away in her bed at home. Before I could react, he said that his mother — through fierce and unrelenting prayer — brought his grandma back to life.

Over the years I went from believing him, to not believing him, to realizing that it didn’t matter what I believed.

Years later, when prayers no longer saved her, he told me that his grandmother lived her life exactly how she wanted to. No regrets.

For whatever reason, the story my friend shared with me is what I thought about during the last scene in Saving Private Ryan.

Like you, my thoughts are filled with endless chatter. Some of it is filled with: I’m glad I did that. And some is filled with: I shoulda, coulda, woulda.

I’m here because my future dad saw my future mom on the bus. And while your parents may not have met on the bus, they met somewhere, and as a result, you’re here, too.

Most of us are caring, thoughtful, selfless, and loving to our friends and family. That’s the easy part. The hard part is realizing that you have tremendous talents and potential to do BIG things.

Allow me to humbly remind you that when you look in the mirror, YOU are the fairest one of all. And you CAN follow your dreams. It won’t always be easy, and it certainly can be scary, but you can do it. You are awesome! Believe me … because it’s the truth!

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