Mom, when I grow up I want to be a firefighter. I wanna help people who are hurt. Son, you can be anything you put your mind too!

Most of us have had similar aspirations as a kid. Some of us actually followed through with our child hood dreams and others changed their mind on what they wanted to do later in life.

If we really break down our goal or desire then we might actually be closer than we thought in achieving our child hood goal. I wanted to be a firefighter so I could help people. Well, my dream came true without being a firefighter. I am now able to help people.

This world we live in is selfish. Everyone wants something for themselves. We don’t live alone though. We live in a world that seeks attention and success.

We get wrapped up in our own struggles and feel sorry for ourself thinking we have failed. We are not failures. We might have made some bad decisions but it doesn’t mean we have failed, we still have a chance.

When I got out of the Marine Corps I thought that I had failed because I didn’t make it to 20 years. But that’s not the case at all. It’s opened me up to a much larger opportunity that I didn’t realize until now.

If we continue to set goals for ourselves, work hard to achieve them but also help others along the way we will eventually reap the rewards.

It’s similarly to gardening. You have to plant the seeds in order to reap the harvest. It takes time and you don’t get immediate results. Sometimes you might get a bad crop but the big picture is a much larger reward.

Let’s plant our seed today. It might be helping the elderly load groceries into their car, maybe give the waitress an extra 10% on the tip or even give a smile to everyone you pass today. Good luck and happy planting!

© Tim Foster – 2015