Throughout life, there are a lot of things that happen that may not be good or beneficial in any case for anyone.

However, by creating optimism out of the problems of the world, you can see them as opportunities for you to make a positive impact on others.

The world kind of stinks. There are a lot of things that aren't right, aren't fair, aren't good that occur every day. There is a lot of crime, a lot of corruption, a lack of nutrition for many people, addictions, hateful, harmful things that account for a lot of problems in our society, in our world. But you know what the good news is about that? Those are all opportunities for you to use your skills and talents to give back and fix it.

It's thru giving of yourself that you become a better and kinder person, someone with a depth of character and an enriched, happy life. So instead of looking at the problems of the world as insurmountable things, see them as opportunities for you to use your gifts and talents and skills to make an impact on a small piece of it. In doing so, you can help change the world one heart at a time.

Do you know you have gifts and talents and skills that you probably haven't even tapped into yet? If there is a dream in your heart, it's there for a reason. If there is a burning desire to do something, you've probably been given the means to do it and you may not even realize what that is yet. Do you really think when I was a little girl growing up in a tiny town in Oregon I ever dreamed I would have the opportunities I've had in my life? No way. But I didn't give up on my dream even when it got really hard and here I am today.

You have no idea what the future holds, so dream it, do it, reach for the stars and use your talents to impact others and make this world a better place.

How do YOU try to make a positive impact on others? Comment below!

Rachel Specht contributed to this post