“Gratitude is seeing how someone changed your heart and quality of life, helped you become the good parts of the person you are.” Anne Lamott
We influence people we interact with in ways both intended and unintended.
As a young teacher and parent, I had little comprehension of the opportunity I had to impact the lives of children. My message then, if I had one at all, was to be kind, patient, and responsible. I tried to teach youngsters to use their talents in ways that would benefit others. I encouraged them to grow, stretch, explore and seek answers.
Readers of this blog know that my hubby Bill and I have been married for a very long time – more than 40 years. We have influenced each other’s thoughts and actions in many ways, mostly for the better.
When I look into Bill’s eyes, I see the best version of myself shining back at me. My dream is to live up to his image of me.
Bill has made me more honest, forthright and practical. I believe I have made him more generous and more willing to try new things. I am a better person because of his influence and am extremely grateful for everything he has taught me. Some of the lessons were easy, some were painful, all were valuable.
What message are you sending to those whose lives intersect with yours?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
*It is my plan to document the arrival of spring here in this corner of Southeastern Pennsylvania through the progression of blooming flowers. This is the second picture in the series. The flowers pictured above are Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis). The day after I took the picture, snow covered all the delicate late-winter flowers in our area.
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