Probably you have been reminded that, “You have a seat at the table.” It means you have a right to be here. A right to be heard. A right to make a difference.

Our place at the table gives us the opportunity to help ourselves and to help someone else.

As we move through our careers it is our right and duty to mentor people who are less experienced, who are facing an unwelcome life transition, or who are unexpectedly unemployed. When you find yourself in a support position, embrace it.

Our right to be here is tied to our roles in our communities: work, home, school, neighborhood, and religious.

This year when you find yourself with a place at the table – on a committee, in a meeting, in a conference, at a family gathering – find a way to advocate for someone who doesn’t realize their place yet. Be the voice for someone who is still finding their voice.

The below excerpt from “The Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann speaks to the individual to remind them that it is indeed a beautiful world. So, why not be a part of the beauty and make a difference when you are blessed with that opportunity. Like the saying goes, ‘To whom much is given, much will be required.”

“Take kindly the counsel of the years
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”