What I Know

I know that I am 1 in 7 Billion.

Now that can be looked at in more than one way ...

I am unique ... 1 in 7 Billion. Totally special, rockin' awesome. No one like me in the world. I like that.

But ...

I am 1 in 7 Billion...what do I matter? In the hustle and bustle of life, cars passing me every day hurrying to get who knows where, what does it all matter? Where are they going? Why are they in a hurry? Being angry, pushing shoving, ... don't they know, we're all going to die? Don't they realize their "all importance" will be forgotten?

Thursday morning we lost an important and amazing member of our family at just 30 years old. She was 1 in 7 billion. She lived a life here on this earth. She was important. I know...to all of us. 

Pause for reflection.

Do I matter now? I ask this when I'm sitting in the middle of a bustling mall, when I'm driving on a packed highway at rush hour. There are 7 billion of us running around on this sphere...running, like ants. Where are we going? And why? Hurrying, scurrying...all needing to do this and to do that. It is overwhelming. But here is what I know and I know that I know that I know it.

I am 1 in 7 Billion and I am special. I am important...if even to the small cluster of people in my life.

The question to myself is this...am I making the best use of my time with those people out of 7 billion who are special to me? Because they are special to me and I need to tell them so.

I need to tell them I love them and cherish them...here, now.
I need to slow down and laugh, consider how important I am, how important each person around me is...everyone has a role, everyone has a part in our giant play of life.

It is overwhelming to know I am 1 in 7 Billion people working, playing, striving on Planet Earth.

So are you.

How will you live, here, today, where you are...Be uniquely you...1 in 7 billion...there is only 1 you.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss Janet, but thank you for this post, it is a wonderful thought for us to dwell a moment on, and something we should never forget.


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