As I walked up, I could see she was fighting back tears. A well of emotion rising up after hearing a message of encouragement. “I can’t remember the last time I felt truly encouraged—thank you,” she said. She wasn’t alone—not today or any day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our chief want in life is to find someone who will make us do what we can.” Life is breathed into the “can” we can do by the right person, with the right word, at the right moment, delivering an essential truth in a loving and gracious way.
What do you think I am a short-order cook?” My mom said this to me more than a few times when I was growing up. I am sure I didn’t really think about it at all until she said it. Surely a not so subtle reminder of how I just assumed she would step up to do what was needed or necessary to serve her kids.
Isn’t that what moms do? They love, support and nurture regardless of the circumstances and whether their contributions are acknowledged. It is the very reason Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day in 1908.
It all began with a hug. A hug is ageless and communicates like few things can. Do you realize that when we are young we get used to hearing people tell us we need more experience. After gaining the experience and learning the tough lessons that come with that experience it is not unusual to be told your time has passed. The fact is neither is true.
The truth is no one has your unique place in the world to positively impact the people you love, teams you lead and the causes that stir your heart. The venue may change, your audience might be different but creating and sustaining impact has nothing to do with whether we are young or old.
It is powerful, impactful and life changing. We are drawn to focus on it once a year, but rarely reap its full potential because we get absorbed in daily routine and don’t sustain it. It doesn’t cost anything to acquire, but is priceless when it is shared.
On a crisp fall day, in 1863, in Northern Pennsylvania, a boy was selling goods door-to-door so he could pay his way through school. After nearly a full day of work he was getting hungry. Reaching into his pocket he found only a single dime. As he approached the next house, he decided he would ask for some food.
What was the best advice you received when you turned 16? Do any of us remember the advice we received as teenagers? Certainly at age 16, few of us were paying much attention to worldly advice although our parents were urgently sharing it.
My wife wasn’t shying away from the challenge to impact and influence our oldest son when he turned 16.
If you aren’t an NHL hockey fan it’s likely you would not recognize him. Yet in his native Finland he is the subject of a top grossing biographical documentary. He is one of the most popular and beloved hockey players in the history of the game.