One In Seven Billion

The world can feel like such a friendless place at times. At any given moment there are over 7 billion people on this planet, 7 billion people coming and going, 7 billion people living and dying, 7 billion people just being. Global human population growth amounts to around 75 million annually. And yet somehow, when I stop and think about how many people there actually are in this world I just end up feeling more alone. Math and calculations feel cold and useless when all you need is a hug or a really robust high-five.

The world seems like such a vast and enormous void, when in fact it is so trivial when compared to our infinite celestial surroundings. And that simple fact makes the loneliness sink a little deeper into one’s soul. It’s hard to imagine how any one of us could mean anything on a stage so large.

The phrase “one in a million” no longer holds any merit. One in 7 billion are now your odds. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in the same way does it? One in 7 billion. That is a tough hurdle to jump. So why bother right? What difference are you going to make in a world with over 7 billion people who could potentially do it better than you?

I know it’s daunting. Do you know how I know? Because I have to jump that hurdle too. You may wake up feeling worthless or inadequate. You might even cry yourself to sleep at the end of another insignificant day. But it doesn’t have to be like that, you don’t have to feel that way. There are over 7 billion people in this world! 7 billion people waiting for you, 7 billion people who aren’t all there to compete with you, 7 billion people who will help you up when you fall down.

Now I don’t have to tell you that there are people in this world that will cut you down and try to make you feel like you don’t matter. But I will tell you that those people are wrong and the truth is that you do matter. You are one in 7 billion! Earth’s team could be stronger because of you. All you have to do is find that one thing that ignites the fire of something amazing inside of you.

Be brave, put yourself out there and take a risk because even if you fail at least you failed trying and do not allow failure to take away your hope. Dean Koontz once wrote, “perseverance is impossible if we do not permit ourselves to hope.” If you give up on your first try you will never learn how to do it right because even failing isn’t failing, it is learning how to correct your wrongs. And the harder you work the more you will benefit from it.

It is okay to feel angry, or scared or hurt when you’ve been given more than you can handle. We all have moments when we feel broken and lost. And it is essential that you let the wounds heal before you go back into battle, because if you don’t you will have no strength for a war. And that’s what life is after all. It is a battlefield of tough choices, unfair circumstances, impossible challenges and exhausting tribulations. No one comes out unscathed so you shouldn’t expect to either.

With that being said, yes life is hard, but there is an infinite supply of splendor too. Treat your fellow earth-dwellers with courtesy and kindness and I promise, you will gain a mutual respect in all of your relationships both personal and professional. You may even make a friend to help alleviate the persistent ache that loneliness almost always causes. No one should ever be alone, especially when there are over 7 billion people in this world. Odds are there is at least one in 7 billion who feels just as alone if not more so than you.

Every single one of us is unique and utterly remarkable in our own rite and there are over 7 billion of us! We have a responsibility to one another to treat each other with the compassion and decency that each of us deserves.

It is not enough to survive day after day. It is not enough to tolerate each other and lose companionship when we could reach out and gain a lifelong friend. It is not enough to be mediocre when we have the potential to be better. Is not enough to be good when we could be great. It is not enough to simply live when we can thrive.



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