You are important.
You make a difference.
Those are affirmations that you can say to yourself everyday.
Susan Jeffers writes about affirmations in this little book. It is a great place to start thinking about what you can be.
Affirmations start with our attitudes about others and ourselves. I was reminded that self-talk/affirmations played an important role during the Holocaust. Viktor Frankl wrote, “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (Frankl, “Man’s search for meaning”, p. 86).
Attitude is about choice, a choice we make, and a choice that is shaped by our affirmations.