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Make an impact



We all want to be a part of something that matters. We all want to make an impact. We all get that feeling from time to time that there just has to be more to life than this. There is- and it’s easier to attain than you might think.

My Mom sometimes drops these little instances of wisdom without even realizing how profound they are… “Sally, Andrew and I were living alone in a Chicago suburb when the 1979 Chicago Blizzard hit. I was pregnant with Dan. We were snowed in, and I couldn’t shovel, or even open a door! My dear neighbors brought us milk, somehow getting it through the garage door. I always have that kind memory of Harriet and Casey.”

I’m not sharing this to focus on how amazing my Mom is, but rather, the last part she wrote about her neighbors- “I always have that kind memory of Harriet and Casey”. Think about that… It was such a small thing they did for her, just bringing over some milk, but the impact it had on her continues to this day!

You can be that person in someone’s life! And you don’t need to wait for a natural disaster either. Just look around you. Someone you know could be struggling right now. They probably won’t ask for help. All you have to do is recognize it and go that one extra step. It doesn’t have to be anything more than a small kindness- sometimes that’s all that is needed… to be noticed.

We all hope that on our deathbed, that we will be remembered… That we made an impact. Most of us dream that impact will be in a large way, like becoming rich or famous, but take a page from my Mom here. You can make that kind of lasting impact in someone’s life, so much so that they remember you and what you did, even beyond your grave.

And if it’s the reverse- if someone else has made an impact on you, be sure to let them know. Feedback is just as important as the message itself, because it lets them know they’ve made an impact.

So I’m challenging you today. Bring down the barrier that prevents us from reaching one another. Notice someone today. Look around you, at your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, even strangers. Someone in your life is struggling with something. This is your moment. Make that lasting impact on someone today, and be remembered until they die.