Can you think of someone that you have met in your life that made an indelible difference? Perhaps, it was someone that made a huge positive difference in your life. Or, possibly, it was someone that made a negative one. Probably, each of us could name a teacher in our young years that made a difference. For me, it was my Kindergarten teacher, Jewell Murphy. Mrs. Murphy was the perfect Kindergarten teacher… she was kind and loving, but firm; she challenged us, but recognized differences in learning ability between children; she was an amazing communicator, yet constantly asked her children to express themselves; she challenged us to think big, yet was patient with the little things. Now that I think of her, I realize anew just how special she really was. I think she may have set the tone for my entire educational experience. She made a huge difference in my life. Do you have someone like Mrs. Murphy in your life?
In a way, we all make a difference to everyone we meet. To some, we make a significant and life-long difference. To others, we leave a scar. And, to others, we simply either make a day better or worse. Let’s look at three quotes below to see just how impactful we might be in the everyday occurrences of our own lives:
“Each of us can look back upon someone who made a great difference in our lives, someone whose wisdom or simple acts of caring made an impression upon us. In all likelihood it was someone who sought no recognition for their deed other than the joy of knowing that, by their hand, another’s life had been made better.” – Stephen M. Wolf
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide is what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
Reading these quotes is humbling and convicting! If you really knew that every encounter you have with someone else makes a positive or negative difference, would you act and live differently? How I hope that somehow, Mrs. Murphy realized the difference she made in my life and the lives of so many others over her many years teaching Kindergarten. If I could, I would thank her again today for what she did and meant to me. It also makes me even more thankful to all of you that have impacted my life. I appreciate you more than you could ever know.
Have a “top ten” day today! Take the time to thank someone that is making a positive difference in your life. It might make all the difference to them.