I really enjoyed the movie, “The Help” when I saw it recently at the cinema with my mum.

During this last week I was just thinking about life and the challenges and blessings that continue to come into our lives. As I was pondering these things the movie “The Help” and what Aibileen Clark (played by Viola Davis) said to young Mae Mobley Leefolt (played by the Eleanor Henry and Emma Henry twins) ¬†came to my mind.

Aibileen learned early on in her career as a Nanny and housekeeper that she had a gift to empower the young children that she was looking after and responsible for each day.

“The Help” Movie

If you have seen “The Help” movie then you may already be aware of what Aibileen said to Mae Mobley.

With little Mae Mobley sitting on her lap, Aibileen, lovingly looked at this young girl and said, “You is Smart, You is Kind, You is Important!

I got to thinking about this and the true power that these simple words have in the lives of others. I see Aibileen as a truly wise woman. She knew that each of us has the power to lift others up and to empower them to really be all that they can possibly be in life!

How powerful is this truth?

Can Our Words Empower Others?

I know that when I stop and look back over the years of my life, I see that it was during the periods when I had others who believed in me that I was really at my best.

I realize that each of us needs to come to a place where we can believe in ourselves and encourage ourselves when things become difficult or challenging, but at the same time I also believe that it begins by us having someone else believing in us and sharing their belief and encouragement with us.

In fact, I would say that I believe that most people at one time or another in their life need to have friends or family who lift them up and encourage them.

I believe that it is empowering to use words to those around us, such as what Aibileen lovingly spoke to Mae Mobley in the film.

So often life and the circumstances of life can be draining and if we are not careful then we can become discouraged and feel down or even depressed. But when we have positive people in our world, who speak words of life to us, then we can easily move past the difficult times and be an overcomer in life!

I seek to be an encourager of others and to look for qualities that I can use to empower them. When I see others struggle, I love to be able to look for the positives in the situation and to focus on these rather than the difficulties.

Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

I guess the old adage about the glass being half full rather than half empty is what I am getting at here.

Each of us has things in our life that we struggle with in one form or another, but if we can learn to believe in ourselves and to believe in others then we can really live a life that empowers others.

I know that this is my main goal in life, to Empower, to Believe in, to Encourage, to Lift up others and to see them live lives of fullness and blessing to, not only themselves, but also to others.

Pay it Forward – Help Others When They Can’t Help Themselves

It is like the “Pay it Forward” concept.

Once we believe in ourselves (and also as we are learning to believe in ourselves!) we can show other people in our world that we do indeed believe in them and that they also can believe in themselves!

What a different world we would live in if each of us could find a person each day to bless, encourage and lift up!

I encourage you even today to go and find someone who you can impart life to. Find someone who you can empower with your words and actions. Find someone, just as Aibileen did in “The Help” film, and speak words of life, words such as “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Leanne Annett <><

There are many things in life that I cannot remember, but I still remember where I was 10 years ago on 9/11 in 2011 when this horrible terrorist attack occurred.

I was living in Newcastle, NSW and was in bed asleep. I then received a phone call from my mum at around 11.20pm that night on 9/11/2001.

Mum shouted through the phone for me to turn the TV on, which I did immediately.

I was then shocked as, within a few seconds of turning the television on, I saw on live TV the second plane fly straight into the second tower of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York.

My eyes were glued to the television as I stared in disbelief and horror at what was unfolding, live on the other side of the world.

My heart was breaking for these many thousands of people who were running, screaming, and trying to live, with flames burning above them in both towers of the twin tower buildings.

I was horrified as I saw people leaping from the 2 towers as they saw no way for survival and wanted to get away from the heat and flames that were engulfing the building that they were in.

Families and lives were being destroyed and there was nothing that I could do, but watch on in terror and pray for mercy for these people.

I could not go back to bed, I stayed up hoping that there would be good news and that people would be rescued and families brought back together.

Within a short time, I saw, again on live TV, the tower that was hit second fall to the ground in plumes of dust. The horror that I had felt before this shrunk in the realization that now many, many more lives were being destroyed than I had even considered previously!

As I continued to watch, I saw the tower that had been struck by the first plan also plummet to the ground, just as the first one had.

Now there were so many people running and screaming through the streets of New York. Many of them looked like aliens, covered in the thick dust that filled the air around ground zero!

The scenes were like something out of a sci-fi movie, but what was so horrifying was to realize that these were real lives that were, at that moment, being destroyed.

In the hours and days that followed I watched, with many thousands of others worldwide, in hope that survivors would be found. As the days went by without finding people still alive, the huge scale of this tragedy began to become clearer!

Children Left Behind
As months went by then I learned of the many women who were pregnant and gave birth to precious little ones, who would never know their dads.

Families were destroyed that day and I have to ask why.

As well as the attacks in New York there are also those who lost their lives on the United Airlines Flight 93 plane that crashed in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought with the terrorists for control of the plane. Then the attack in Washington D.C. was another part of this whole very sad day when flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people.

There is so much that I do not understand about humanity and so much that I don’t understand about this day in particular!

  • Why did it even happen?
  • Why were lives and families destroyed?
  • What did it gain anyone?

I still do not know any of these answers.

All I can say is that I hope we can take a moment to remember the many thousands who lost their lives and those who they left behind.

  • Let us take a stand together and from this moment on commit to placing Value upon those around us.
  • Let’s commit to telling those we care about how we feel, as we never know which day will be our last on this earth.
  • Let’s learn from this awful tragedy the importance of every day that we have on this earth and let us commit to making the world a better place for our children and future generations!

God’s Presence Comforts Each One Who Allows Him To

I know, beyond all doubt, that our Lord God was there that awful day with each one! And over these past 10 years, He has continued to be with each family member and friend who lost loved ones.

Here is a short video clip showing graphic images from 9/11/2001. Watching this video and hearing the man’s voice speaking as God, I wept. God was with each of those ones in the Twin Towers and in the planes and is still with the families who were left behind.

God is with each of those young children who never got to meet their daddies!

Watch this video and let His Holy Spirit touch and speak to your own spirit.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Leanne Annett <><

Use What is in Your Hand

What is in My HandA week ago I went to a ladies’ evening at my church and one of the leaders, Jeanette Whiting, gave a message about each of us using whatever it is that we have in our hands.

Jeanette talked about the parable of the talents in the Bible in Matthew chapter 25 verses 14-30.

One of the questions that Jeanette asked was, “Do you know anyone who has lots of gifts? Someone that has received 5 talents?”

Do you know someone who can sing, dance, speak and do just about anything?

Well, I see many people around me like that. And when I look at them I ask so where are the gifts and talents that I have? What am I able to do in life to bless others? What is my purpose on this earth?

Honestly, I still do not know the answer totally to these questions?

Using What I Have in My Hands to Bless OthersI look at my life so far and wonder what I have been put on earth for. I honestly do not see gifts or things that I am good at to be able to do much in the earth.

So where do I go from here?

I do know that I have a burning passion to empower others, both locally in Australia and around the world, to live life to the full and to be all that they can be. So what does that mean and how can I step into this and see this desire fulfilled?

Without me clearly being able to see any specific gifts that I have or anything that I am obviously good at then what can I really do to make a difference in the lives of others?

Jeanette’s message got me thinking. And even though I do not see myself as a person who has been given 5 talents or even 2 talents, there are a couple of things that I enjoy doing and, as mentioned above, am passionate about.

So I want to use the little that I currently have in my hands and start here.

I love to write. I have always been much better at expressing myself in writing than in words face-to-face with others. I often become tongue-tied and feel stupid when talking to others in person. I feel like others think I am stupid because I struggle to find the words to say and often stutter or say that wrong word.

My husband and kids are used to me and interpret what I mean to say without judging me, but others, I believe, wonder what is wrong with me.

So having said all of that, I want to take my love of writing and use this to see my desire to bless and empower others fulfilled.

One of the things that I enjoy doing is traveling, whether locally, interstate or even internationally. I love to document these trips and write about them.

Currently, I have a travel blog website that I am updating with written articles, photos and videos from the holidays. I love doing this. I guess this is not fulfilling my desire to bless others, but it is fulfilling my desire to write and I hope is providing useful information to those who read my blog.

I then have this blog where I am documenting my own journey. I hope too that this blog can touch the lives of those who visit it.

I am also passionate about seeing sex-slaves and others set free from the bondage of physical or emotional slavery, which is certainly a huge problem in the world today. So another of my blogs is my Make a Difference in your World website.

So as little as this is, I am making a Commitment now to Take and Use what I have in my hands, my love of writing and my desire to Empower others. And through the medium of my websites and blogs to touch the lives of others.

If My articles, photos, videos can bless or speak to someone and empower them in whatever they are going through in their life then my own life has not been in vain!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

I wish you Every Success in All areas of your life!

Your Friend,

Leanne Annett <><

Empowering OthersWelcome to my Blog and website about my Dreams, Goals and Passions to Make a Difference in the World and to Empower others to be all that they can be.

I will be adding more to this site regularly so please come back often to see what you can learn and implement in your own life that you can then use to Bless and Empower others.

Until next time,
Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World.

Leanne Annett :-)