(FeatureSource) Have you ever wondered if your life mattered? If
you've made a difference? Most people do, at one time or another. Few are ever
really sure of the mark they've left on the world. Some think the footprint they
leave must be huge. Others believe the little things we do leave the biggest
No matter what your vision for your imprint, you must first take a step in
the right direction. Fortunately, others have left deep footprints to follow.
From “Mirrors of Love in Acts of Courage” (www.mirrorsoflove.com $24.99) here
are five examples of leaders who have undoubtedly left tremendous marks, so you
can follow in their great steps to make an impressive mark yourself.
Embrace Humility in Leadership: Blessed Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa exemplified a true saintly life, dedicated to purity and
service toward the poorest of poor. Yet she was still a human being in modern
society with all of the pressures of the world beckoning her attention. As
petite as she was, Mother Teresa moved mountains of indifference so that society
would become more aware of the enormous need for compassion toward others. She
always spoke in gentle yet certain words. She once said, “ . . . being unwanted
is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.”
In being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Mother Teresa replied, “I
accept the prize in the name of the poor. The prize is the recognition of the
poor world. Jesus said, ‘I am hungry, I am naked, I am homeless.’ By serving the
poor, I am serving Him.” Through her humility, we are able to witness the joy
that she experienced in her love for humanity. Through her leadership, she helps
us to understand that a focused thirst for God will guide us to his spiritual
presence within us all.
Envision and Execute: President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The daunting story of the Cuban Missile Crisis illustrates the wise
leadership that President Kennedy displayed in the thirteen days of
unprecedented suspense. This event reinforces the significance of selfless
visionary leadership that is growth-based and rational, as contrasted with the
all-too-somber and irrational possibilities that exist with fear-based thinking.
In “Profiles in Courage,” Kennedy’s insights are clearly expressed when he
says, “ . . . the courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the
courage of a final moment, but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph
and tragedy. A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite
of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human
Kennedy’s hallmark of “grace under pressure” continues to inspire the world
and provoke thought on the significance of courageous vision, humanitarian
leadership, critical decision-making and, ultimately, executive action and
Walk through Darkness: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
In 1963, the First Lady of the most powerful country in the world was called
upon to lead America and her family through the tragic loss of the late
President, her husband. On her final walk during President Kennedy’s funeral—as
well as during her last days as the First Lady—Kennedy found her own courage and
carved a timeless legacy of Camelot.
“Jackie was a pillar of strength and resilience. It helped all the rest of us
to sort of carry on,” said her brother-in-law, Ted Kennedy. Her poised essence
of strength illuminated the world through that darkness.
The First Lady reminded the world that family life is central to society,
even during her darkest hours of the most intimate of pains. Even in those first
hours as a single mother and widow, Mrs. Kennedy never wavered from her path of
purpose, remembering both her children’s birthdays. The First Lady gave us an
imprint of leadership to follow that portrayed dignity, grace, elegance and,
most importantly, a deep love for family.
Lead from the Heart: Grace, Princess of Monaco
Grace Kelly was an icon in her Hollywood days and went on to become a real
princess in Monaco. Not only did Grace imitate life through art, but she also
became one of those rare human beings whose art imitated her life. Although her
movies became timeless classics that included an Academy-Award winner, her role
as princess would become most legendary. Grace displayed a consistent desire to
please, be loved and to love, throughout her entire life. With grace and style,
the princess sought to create happiness amidst the pomp and protocol that she
attracted in her life.
Leading from the heart, Princess Grace showed the world just how much she
cared about people through her boundless contributions to society—from politics,
performing arts and philanthropy, to motherhood, marriage and monarchy.
Find Goodness in Everything: Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana truly was the people’s princess, for she searched for goodness and
found it in her compassion for others. Princess Diana never lost her shyness,
despite unprecedented public adoration. Still, she found the inner strength to
overcome her celebrity, instead using her beauty and allure to serve humanity.
Diana chose to rise above her royalty and take charge of her notoriety. She
successfully leveraged the press in support of her many causes, supporting the
sick, needy and victimized—children and adults alike. Diana, Princess of Wales,
realized how her charisma could effect profound change in social issues of much
greater importance than mere fame, fashion and fortune.
As “mummy,” Diana became self-empowered in her most treasured role for her
two children, Prince William and Prince Harry. Full of genuine hugs, kisses,
laughter, tears, and tender loving care, Diana showed her boys and the world how
to embrace humanity for its weaknesses and strengths.
Cultivate A Positive Attitude
Having a positive attitude is one of the greatest blessings in life and
cultivating one is the best service we can do to ourselves.
Believing in You
You have great potential. When you believe in all
you can be, rather than all you cannot become, you will find your place on
Don't Ever Quit!
Throughout the many pages of scores of motivational books, with the Bible being at the forefront, we are encouraged to "not give up." We are told to believe that we can come through any situation and be victorious in life. Ask yourself this question:
Am I up-beat or am I beat-up?
Life is a Choice!
Obstacles are a part of life. It can happen to anyone, and they happen to everyone. All of us, in no matter what the situation have a choice, but it's realizing you have the choice that empowers you.