Each day, we have an opportunity to add value and impact others. Years ago, I was inspired when I read in Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, “The moving finger writ: and having writ, moves on: nor all the piety nor wit, shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all they years wash out a word of it.”

My translation—yesterday is gone forever, perhaps some valuable lessons. Tomorrow is no guarantee. But today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and it is all you have, so what will you do with it?

Today, we start with a blank canvas. Our day may be filled with many appointments, meetings, calls, etc. Yes, we are busy and hopefully productive. But at the end of the day, the question is, “Who did I add value to? Who did I impact in a positive way?”

I want to remind you there is somebody out in your world waiting for you to be their somebody.
It could be a co-worker, an employee, a relative, a friend, or a neighbor. When you intentionally add value and make a difference, your Masterpiece is on display.

And you know, I am learning that your impact doesn’t have to take up much of your time. It is never the quantity of your effort and time but the quality. Sometimes, it could be a brief one-to-one meeting, a text message, a phone call, or a handwritten note. You get the message, be intentional, reach out, and share the gift you have. Someone is waiting for you.

Yes, we all start with a blank canvas and a brush. We live in some interesting times. I believe and want to remind us all, in simple terms, that regardless of what is happening around us or to us, there is no substitute for the personal touch. So, let’s start today on the Masterpiece; someone is waiting.