You Matter

I chuckled to myself the other day when I saw on Facebook an ad for a t-shirt that said, "You matter.  Unless you multiply yourself by the speed of light twice... then you energy."  I was never much of a scientist, but I did watch the National Geographic program "Genius" about the life of Albert Einstein and experienced a tremendous sense of awe at the accomplishments of scientists around the world.  It's doubtful any of us will multiply ourselves by the speed of light twice, so we must do what we can with the "matter" that we are and the untapped reservoir of "energy" that we have.

At the core of Unity teaching are 5 principles, and on August 6, I will be sharing thoughts about the fifth principle:  Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the truth we know.  If you are not able to join us in person, please watch live at 11:00 a.m. or watch the archived video.  You can use this link:

As a part of that message, I'll share a mediation, in the form of a prayer, by Rev. Laura Holton-Ludwig, Minister of Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists.  Rev. Laura is a friend and former resident of Reston, VA.  Her thoughtful selection of words speaks to the fact that "you matter," and how you use your "energy" is important.  I hope you find these words as meaningful as I do:


What We Do Matters, by Laura Horton-Ludwig

Spirit of Life and Love,
We are here because we believe what we do matters.
We are here because we believe how we live our life matters.
That with every act of kindness or meanness,
courage or fear,
love or hate,
we are weaving the fabric of the universe that holds us all.

We are here because we need encouragement.
Because we need strength.
Because so often, we get distracted.
We get in a rush,
we don’t think,
we choose the easy way
when the harder path is what our spirits truly long for.

We are here
because none of us is perfect,
but together we inspire one another.
To try again.
To take another step.
We are here because we have felt the stirrings of love and grace
in our hearts and hands and we crave more of that,
for ourselves and not only for ourselves: for everyone!

We are here because how we live matters.
Blessed be.