How did you spend your holidays?
Did you experience a nice, grateful time with family, or witness harsh exchanges of words around the family table during the family reunion?
I have had holidays that were a mixture of both. And when I work with the homeless on the street, it’s not uncommon to hear them talk about the painful words that were exchanged during holiday gatherings. I asked Nick Vujicic to come serve with me one day to feed the homeless, because he has a way with words. Nick Vujicic was born without any arms or legs, and yet he now spends his life, restoring lives, with the power of his words. I have brought my kids with me, to watch Nick speak in schools, churches, and corporate organizations. And each time he does, his words bring people to tears. And it was the same on this day, when we went together to serve the homeless.
I’m in the business of words. As a ghost writer and corporate writer, I have the ability to tell other people’s stories. In the process, I often encounter amazing world changers, like CEOs, or people like Nick Vujicic, who have overcome extreme adversity, bullying, and the horrific words and put downs of others, and now turn that into a positive platform to change lives.
At my company, OnFire Books, every single individual who works on our team, is actively engaged in changing lives. This is important to me, because words matter.
When we mobilize a team to serve the homeless, and feed them on Christmas, or Easter, or Thanksgiving, everyone wonders why a homeless person is homeless, when they might have family members they could be having dinner with.
But a homeless person is homeless in their heart, before anything else. And often it is the wounding words, of a stranger, or a mother, or a father, that led them there.
This is why I loved hearing Nick talk that day, to the homeless. As they saw his visual and physical limitations, they begin to believe, that anything is possible. Is they watched Nick Vujicic on stage I could see the power of his words, not only in the homeless, but in the volunteers as well. Eyes were opened that day. Lives were changed.
I have had amazing world changers like Nick Vujicic breathe life into me, and people like Don Campbell, who’s own father, like mine, committed suicide when he was a child, enter my life and show me an example of what an amazing world changer is. Don is the founder of the organization Feeding Children Everywhere, and if he isn’t a world changer, after feeding 12 million kids, I don’t know who is.
I hope that I can change lives, as much as the amazing humans who I write books for have, and I hope that the words within my own books, and on these blog posts, change lives too. If there is one thing I can get across to you today, it is to let go. Old pain is an anchor, and you must let go of the bullying, the negative words, and all the things that have been said to you.
The homeless have been wounded, and they remain homeless in their heart, because they have internalized those words until they repeated them over and over again in their heart and mind.
What lies are you believing about your own life? Time to let go.
We write books that impact the world, and allow organizations to spread their message. When someone reads a book, millions of people can read it and hang onto it for a lifetime. Long after the online website is gone, and hundreds of years after you leave this earth, your book remains on someone’s bookshelf. It’s tangible. I know I’m on the right track. And so are you. Use your words. Words are currency.