Some people work a job to pay the bills. They slog into the office at the prescribed time, maybe even a few minutes late, punch a clock, literally or metaphorically, and sit behind a desk until the clock says it’s time to leave.

Those people complain about their lives.

They lament their situation, they hate their bosses, they spend evenings in front of the TV and wish things were different.

Or maybe they don’t. Maybe they like to complain because complaining is familiar and known and, truth be told, if they were freed from the prison of their lives and could actually choose their situation (which they can you know, they just don’t believe that) – they would freeze up and not know what to do.

And then there are other people. The ones who love what they do because they’ve constructed their lives around their passions, their interests, their skills and their strengths. They’re the ones who’ve made choices about what to spend their days doing.

I’m one of those.

I don’t skip down the golden sidewalk every day singing, “Lucky am I!”, of course, but I do feel an immense gratitude to the universe that I am able to do what I love, select the people and companies I work with, and find meaning in the minutes, hours and days.

Because that’s what it’s all about: MEANING.

My client, Yoga Shelter, helps people find their voice, find their edge, shed their baggage and gain strength.

My client,, is partnering with the Michigan Young Farmers Coalition and the Haven to build a community garden to empower people rebuilding their lives after enduring abuse and feed the people who need good, quality, local produce the most.

The dance students of my client, Joe Cornell Entertainment, raised more than $5,000 for Kids Kicking Cancer.

My client, ORT Michigan, is retraining Michigan residents to find jobs in the worst economy since the Great Depression through the David B. Hermelin ORT Resource Center, and they’re raising money to build schools and educate people in 63 countries.

This is why I am lucky. I get to work with amazing, insightful, inspiring people who are making a difference in the world. Which means I get to make a difference by working with them.

What are you doing in your every-day to make a difference? It doesn’t have to be big. It could even just be listening to someone who has no one to listen or giving a small amount of money each month to help those who need it.

Think about it. You hold the power to your life. Make it about something you can be proud of.

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