Two Words That Really Do Matter

I am not sure how to begin this particular post but here goes.  Not long ago, the BIZCATALYST 360° team participated in the launch of a global movement to distribute “You Matter” cards around the world, as presented in the following Article:

Can Two Words Really Change The World?

Soon after reading the above Article, I was handed a “You Matter” card by the Publisher & Executive Editor. I did not want to cry but held back the tears that wanted to flow, because you see, I have felt for a very long time, going back to my childhood that I really don’t matter to anyone.  As I grew into my adult life and got married, having 2 kids of my own, now adults, I thought that I finally mattered as a mother and a wife.

But almost three years ago, I again realized that I didn’t matter anymore, as my interaction with my daughter and her family, and my grandchildren, decided I was no longer a part of their lives, and my son, whom I have not seen in 15 years, has obviously made it clear that I do not matter.

I am a survivor and I made it up to now, after trying to reach out until I was unable to, to live as God would ask me to, and to receive assurance that I do matter.

Recently, our parish started a ministry of visiting those inbound, unable to leave their home and attend Mass, due to sickness, health issues, age, and other reasons.  I volunteered to send cards or notes to those names given me, and today I received the first name of a lady who will have a procedure on Monday before Thanksgiving, and I was asked to send her a card, letting her know that she was being thought of.

What came to mind was that card that was given to me over a week ago and I immediately, having only two cards with me, put one inside the card “You Matter”.  I hope it leaves her with the impressionable feeling that I was left with.  I don’t know what the future holds for me as a grandmother, mother, but I know there is someone now in my life that God has placed that makes me with certainty know that   “I Matter”.  I hope that those that read this post will let those who pass through their daily walk, some special people, family or just friends, that they will say “You Matter”.  Thank you BIZCATALYST 360°.


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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