Amy Rees Anderson

I’ll Be The One

I received my once a week email from my daughter Ashley today – I love her emails because they always share something incredibly inspiring that literally makes my entire week. Today she talked about a story that her teacher Kami shared with her when she was a teenage girl that she said changed her life!  First I’ll share the story and then explain how she shared it changed her life:

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

After this story was shared with Ashley Kami gave her a sticker that read “I’LL BE THE ONE!”  My daughter took that sticker and put it on the dashboard of her car so she saw it every morning on her way to high school and every afternoon as she drove home. She said that she didn’t realize it at the time, but after seeing that sticker everyday saying “I’’LL BE THE ONE!” it changed her life forever and now it is engraved on her heart. She said that it reminded her every day to not pass any opportunity to serve or help thinking that someone else would do it. We should take the opportunity ourselves!

How lucky am I to have someone to lift me up each week with an inspiring message! #blessed

And because of her I will be sure to watch for those opportunities to serve and be more careful not to pass by thinking somebody will do it!

Have a great day everyone!



1 Comment

  • Nancy says:

    I just love this concept, and it touched my life when my parents served an LDS Mission to the Philippines. That was their mantra: “I will be the ONE.” They are such humble people, and it was such a balm to my spirit when I was going through a very difficult period of my life, and I was able to go to pick up my parents off their Mission. Instead of feeling sad for the challenges I was facing, I felt better than the Queen of England, because of the grace and love of the Filipino people treating us so kindly. It was real, even when we went into their dirt-floored homes and they cooked on a simple little burner. Because they understood the concept of true honoring, I would have rather been in their little huts with their royal nobleness, than with royalty of another sort. Humility is truly one of the most gracious qualities in action. That is my goal, to become more like those who are humble and honoring of others.

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