Fred (Mr.) Rogers once said
“[i]f you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
The first thing to accept is that you do make an impact. It might not always be big: the encounter can be brief. But even the smallest stone creates a ripple when dropped in water. If that’s the case then, we need to ask ourselves: what are we leaving behind? If, in fact, we are so important to the lives of those we meet, what does every mood swing, every selfish act or negative comment say about us? What are we allowing others to remember us by when we are being a drag or a weight?
Remember, you are not only important to the person you are meeting, you can’t even imagine who else is being impacted.
In that case, wouldn’t it be more meaningful to leave our selflessness, our passion, our curiosity behind? Wouldn’t we rather be a lifter…someone who thrusts, pushes and encourages others?
(Photo credit: Andrea)