Most mornings I make myself a smoothie for breakfast. I put lots (no, really – LOTS) of things in my smoothies – at least five kinds of fruit, assorted greens, various other stuff. And when it’s all blended and I’m drinking it, I can’t identify the flavor of any particular ingredient. But what I can tell you is that if I add something new, or if I leave something out, I notice a difference. This morning it occurred to me that life is like that. We are all ingredients in this great and mysterious smoothie we call “Life.” It can be tempting to think that we are such a small part and don’t really matter. What difference could we possibly make in the grand scheme of things? Except, that’s not how it works. Each of us has a unique flavor, and without our particular contribution the whole thing changes. I don’t pretend to know how all of that works. But this morning my smoothie taught me that it’s true. You matter. I matter. We all matter. Please keep sharing your flavor with the world!