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Do you remember the dreams you had as a child? Maybe you wanted to be a fire fighter or a police officer or a nurse. Or maybe you wanted to sail the oceans or fly like a bird. Whatever your dreams were, can you remember how you felt if anyone tried to tell you that you could never achieve that dream? That can be devastating for a child. This holiday season, how would you like to help make a child’s dream come true?

We spend so much of our income and treasure on things that are soon forgotten after the holidays. While we live in a land of abundance, we use so little of what we have to make a difference in others’ lives. Now you have an opportunity to do something that will not only change lives, but also save lives. Read on to see how you can make a difference in the life of a child, starting today.

“Blossom is in big trouble. Her grandfather warned her not to go beyond the village gates. After all, no caterpillar in Twig Valley has ever ventured there and returned to tell.

“For centuries the caterpillars of Twig Valley have lived with a Dark Cloud over the land. For as long as anyone can remember, no caterpillar has ever become a butterfly. In fact, no one thinks about being anything more than a bug that crawls in the dust of the ground.

“Until Blossom.”

Born to Fly is an illustrated children’s book about pursuing your dream. The story features a strong girl as the hero who faces not only the evil Dream Thieves but also her own fears. In her quest to follow her dream, she learns valuable lessons (the hard way, of course) that will inspire girls and boys alike to pursue the dreams in their own hearts.

Born to Fly is published solely as an ebook and is available for iPad, Kindle, Nook, Sony, and other readers. Proceeds go to the Born2Fly Project, a 501c3 nonprofit that works to fight global child trafficking.

Born to Fly author Diana Scimone is a journalist whose work chronicling human rights and justice has taken her to more than 40 countries from Sudan to Zimbabwe. She founded The Born2Fly Project in 2003 to meet some of the many needs she has seen among the world’s children. Today, Born2Fly’s only focus is working to stop child trafficking through an awareness and prevention program currently being tested in five countries.

“Each year more than a million kids get lured into trafficking including in the U.S.,” says Scimone. “Some are just five years old. Our goal at Born2Fly is to reach kids before the traffickers do — and we’re hoping that sales of this new book will help us do that.”                                                                                   

If you would like to help Born2Fly make a difference in a child’s life, here’s what you can do:

You may have heard sometime in your life that you were not planned. That you were “an accident”. We have heard that from parents and relatives and sadly, that stays with a person through their life. A statement like that — if it is believed – can cause people to live their lives accordingly.  They go to work, come home, experience mediocre events, and hang around waiting for something extraordinary to happen, but it can’t or won’t, because they are just accidents. Right? Wrong!  Nothing extraordinary happens out of the blue or just by accident. Everything happens for a reason, including you.

The truth is, no one is an accident and every person on the globe has a purpose. Now that may be hard to believe, but it is true! Life is a journey that you take to find and “fulfill” your purpose. Regardless of where you were born, who your parents are, how you were raised, whether you were poor or rich, your gender or color. None of that really matters. Everyone has a purpose.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize this and they spend the majority of their time living an un-purposeful and un-eventful life. We work jobs we hate; put up with people we can’t tolerate, and settle for paychecks that can’t cover our bills. Why? Sometimes we just don’t understand our purpose. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you won’t ever find yourself in a position where you hate your job, are sick of people, and accept peanuts (paycheck) thankfully for your compensation. I am not judging anyone for doing that. I have found myself in those predicaments on several occasions. Yet, when a person stays in those type of situations with no plan to do better, be better, or live better — that is a clear sign they don’t understand their purpose.

There is a famous proverb that says “a person’s gift will make room for her”. That means that when a person finds their gifts or what they are good at in life and pursues it wholeheartedly, it (gift) will make room or open doors for that person. In other words, there is something on the inside of every one of us that is medicine for others. We all have gifts. They will be different from someone else’s but nevertheless they are gifts. Gifts are doorways to a person’s purpose. Making people laugh is a gift. Not everyone can do it. Keeping others cool and calm in chaotic times is a gift.

Many will be challenged and use their gifts as stepping stones to their purpose. Others waste or do nothing with their talents. Still others will not realize their purpose until they start to explore those simple gifts more. The moment a person starts to take risks and begins to explore and display those gifts is the moment they become unsatisfied with the normal life. When people become passionate about using their gifts to help others, they will realize that there just might be more to life and perhaps they are integral to making life better for themselves and others.

Sadly, few people have realized their purpose in life. Some are still searching, hoping. Longing to find where they fit or what they can do to make a difference. Those that are on track or have discovered their gift have started on a venture that has changed their communities and in some cases, changed the world. When one truly understands and knows their purpose, nothing deters them from fulfilling it. Staying on the simple path of purpose brings perfect peace, fulfillment and everything they have need of. So, find your purpose and share it with the world and forever write your name in the history books of life. Remember, you are not an accident. You are here for a reason and you CAN make a difference.

If I told you that the past 31 days were life changing that would be true. If I told you I accomplished everything on my list over the past 31 days that would not be true. (See my 31 Days blog post.)

Yes, I tried every day to accomplish everything or something listed, and on some days I doubled up on some activities. Unfortunately, there were a couple of things that I will be doing in January. I must say by following the 31 Days list, it made me more aware of needs around me and my perception of priorities became paramount.

Instead of following my schedule, I was looking at my 31 Days list looking for opportunities to make changes or to help. I believe there should be times where we change our schedule and daily routines to take others into consideration. Yes, I realize we are all working more hours, and doing more with less just to make ends meet. But, at the end of the day, it still is all about people, family, friends, acquaintances, and business associates. Real people that are in real need are virtually everywhere.

I will be working on my list and hope that throughout the year I’ll find a way to make a difference. You can make a difference, too. Just look around, and then get involved.

Happy New Year