Monday, May 10, 2010

The Question?

Q: What are you going to do today?
A: I’m going to change the world.

Q: How do you do that?
A: I’m going to change a life…or two…or more.

Q: And how do you plan on doing that?
A: I’m going to smile at someone, make someone laugh, help someone with something, give someone a gift, tell someone the truth, tell someone I love them, give someone a hug, listen to someone, write a book that does it all….Whatever it is, I’M GOING TO DO SOMEMTHING, because I’m done with doing nothing.

Q: What are you going to do today?
A: [Fill in the blank]


Andrea said...


Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

What are you going to do today?
Enjoy the hours and remember how precious they are.

One of my life promises is to always affect people in a positive manner. Negative is not an option. Forget regrets or life is yours to miss from RENT reminds me of that.

Thanks for the inspiring and thought provoking post!

Visit My Kingdom Anytime

Lady in Waiting said...

Today I am going to trust God in every way He has asked me to!

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Andrea: YES! :)

Courtney: So many people are negatively influenced by the world it almost shocks them when someone is nice to them.
Let's be shocking!!

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Lady: God won't always lead us to the easy places, but they always end up being the best!

Jen said...

What am I going to do today? Umm work and beg the time to move a little faster! I need four o'clock!!!!!

Hehe other than that you made me smile with this post so consider yourself completed on all your goals for the day!

Lydia Kang said...

I am going to look at each of my kids, really see them, and really listen to them. Enjoy who they are right now, today.
Thanks for the prompt! Yay!

MBW aka Olleymae said...


I will choose to be positive next time I run into something I want to overreact to today.

And I will spend time with my poor neglected hubby.

Great prompt. Thanks :)

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Jen: I hope 4 o'clock makes it to you soon! And thanks for fullfilling me. ;)

Lydia: We do too often forget to enjoy people in the here and now. :)

MBW: Sometimes we do have to make a concious decision to stay positive. ;)

Diane said...

Spend some QUALITY time with my kids. Really focus on them and appreciate this time with them. :O)

Karen Lange said...

Redeem the time as best I can...which includes praying for my family and writing friends (like you:) and tutoring a student in reading comprehension. My prayer is that I would be a blessing to others. It helps my keep my focus off myself.
Blessings to you and your readers,

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Diane: Showing appreciation is SO important. :)

Karen: Thank you for your prayers! I really appreciate them. :) Focusing on the needs of others is a great way to find a ton of motivation. :)
Blessings to you!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm going to "shine" for God, any way I can. :-)

Jill Kemerer said...

That's it, isn't it. The smallest gestures can make such a difference.

Karen said...

Good post. Today, I am praying.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

What are you going to do today?

I'm going to remain calm, breath deep and remember negativity gets me nowhere.
If that fails, I will eat chocolate. :)

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Shannon: Good for you! :)

Jill: It's amazing how improtant small things can be.

Karen: I hope you're day goes well.

Lindsay: Chocolate is neccessary for everyday. ;)

Daga said...

Tell someone that I love them? Yep, that will elicit a smile. If that fails, at least it will get them emotional in some way. :P

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Since the day is almost over, I'll say what I did: I prayed for those on my prayer list, and wrote a note to a friend.

Bina said...

A: I'm going to remember, as best I can, in each moment the promises and faithfulness of the One who calls me.

A: I'm going to respond to the gentle poking and whispered "pssst" that echos in my mind.

A: I'm going to actually THINK, when I respond, to what is happening and how best God's glory would be shown in my responses/reactions.

Whew!! That was a mind-bender...but a heart lifter!
Thanks...for both this and for your visit to my place.

:) Bina

Alexis said...

Hmmmm, really great question!! I'm going to keep my eyes open and look at people. I'm too busy, so busy that I don't notice when someone needs a hand. Your right, there are so many little things that make a big difference!

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Daga: Remember, we are working on positive emotions here. ;) :P

Susan: Actually, writing a note to a friend is a great way to show you love them! And we can never underestimate the power of prayer. :)

Bina: A lot of times we don't really "think" about what we're doing. We just live. That's fine, but to make an impact we often really have to think through the choices we make. :)

Alexis: I tend to get overly busy too! It's just so easy! :P

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

This is so simple yet profound.

What I will do today is try not to let any unwholesome word come out of my mouth and instead edify. If you knew me you'd know what a big undertaking that is! lol

CMOM Productions said...

I love this! :)

What am I going to do today... make a difference by preparing for tomorrow's event at my son's school.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Embrace the life that God has given me with joy, thanksgiving, and laughter. And all those things you said too . . .

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Cindy: In this world, with all the stresses, that can be hard. Sometimes we just need practice! :)

M: I hope the school event goes well! And I'm sure your boys will appreciate your work. :)

Tyrean: Embracing the life God has given us is often the first step! That's when we start looking for ways to use what we have. :)

Faith Imagined said...

I am with ya!!!

Julia M. Reffner said...


I just awarded your blog the Sunshine award at darkglassponderings. I'm new to reading it, but have really enjoyed your posts.

Bernadine said...

Love this Emily Ann.

Taffy said...

I'm going to listen to my 7yr old tell all about his video game without letting my eyes glaze over.
Then listen to his bedtime prayers.

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Faith, Julia, Bernadine: Thanks! I hope you guys are having a great day.

Taffy: LOL. Good luck!

Tahereh said...

so true. so powerful. so beautiful.

a million thanks for the reminder :)