Who you are makes a difference…

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Have I told you lately…

Wait a minute.
It doesn’t matter if I have;
you’re going to hear this anyway -
so listen up…. Please   :)

When I tell you that you may not know
the difference you have made in my Life,
I hope you do not take that lightly -
for I doubt you will ever know in this Lifetime
the impact that will have made for countless others…

So I am sharing this with you as it, along with so many
other forces keeps me picking myself up off the floor
and walking another day with hope and a smile.

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“A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors
in high school by telling them the difference they each made.
She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time.
First she told each of them how they had made a difference
to her and the class.  Then she presented each of them
with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters,
which read, “Who I Am Makes a Difference.”
Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see
what kind of impact recognition would have on a community.
She gave each of the students three more ribbons
and instructed them to go out and spread
this acknowledgment ceremony.
Then they were to follow up on the results,
see who honored whom and report back
to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a
nearby companyand honored him for helping him with his
career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on
his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said,
“We’re doing a class project on recognition,
and we’d like you to go out, find somebody to honor,
give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra
blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person
to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going.
Then please report back to me and tell me what happened.”
Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss,
who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow.
He sat his boss down and he told him that he
deeply admired him for being a creative genius.
The boss seemed very surprised.
The junior executive asked him if he would accept
the gift of the blue ribbon and would he
give him permission to put it on him.
His surprised boss said, “Well, sure.”
The junior executive took the blue ribbon and
placed it right on his boss’s jacket above his heart.
As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said,
“Would you do me a favor?
Would you take this extra ribbon
and pass it on by honoring somebody else?
The young boy who first gave me the ribbon
is doing a project in school and we want to
keep this recognition ceremony going and
find out how it affects people.”

That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and
sat him down. He said, “The most incredible thing happened
to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives
came in and told me he admired me and gave me a
blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine.
He thinks I’m a creative genius!
Then he put this blue ribbon that says
‘Who I Am Makes A Difference’”
on my jacket above my heart.
He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me
to find somebody else to honor.
As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking
about whom I would honor with this ribbon
and I thought about you.
I want to honor you.
My days are really hectic and when I come home
I don’t pay a lot of attention to you.
Sometimes I scream at you for not getting
good enough grades in school and for your
bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight,
I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know
that you do make a difference to me.
Besides your mother, you are
the most important person in my life.
You’re a great kid and I love you!”

The startled boy started to sob and sob,
and he couldn’t stop crying. His whole body shook.
He looked up at his father and said through his tears,
“Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and
wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining why
I had killed myself and asking you to forgive me.
I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep.
I just didn’t think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs.
I don’t think I need it after all.”

His father walked upstairs, and found
a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain.
The envelope was addressed, “Mom and Dad.”
The boss went back to work a changed man.
He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let
all his employees know that they made a difference.
The junior executive helped several other young people
with career planning and never forgot to let them know
that they made a difference in his life …
one being the boss’s son.
And the young boy and his classmates
learned a valuable lesson.

Who you are DOES make difference. ”
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And I’d like to add to that, and end with this;

Keep in mind that we may never hear back from those
we may have directly or indirectly made a difference with,
so never ever think for a moment your efforts are in vain.
Just sow the seeds;
the Harvest is in the Future…

ps… will you please share this with three people
who make a difference in your Life ?

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