During our Thanksgiving dinner this year my mom asked a question of everyone at the table. She wanted hear from each person about someone who has had an impact on our life over the past year and what that impact was. What a great question and conversation starter.
As everyone shared, it was evident that we had all been blessed by the kindness of other people that had been willing to make meaningful contributions to our lives. However, the conversation didn’t end there. After everyone had shared, my mom took it one step further. She encouraged each of us to contact the person we talked about, be it with a phone call, letter, or email, and let them know the impact they had had on us.
What a great suggestion! Most people I know want to make an impact in the lives of others, but I wonder how many of them have actually been told that they indeed made an impact. My guess is that the number is rather small. Sadly, it’s likely the impact people have made in the lives of others is often not talked about until someone’s funeral or memorial service.
I don’t want to wait until someone’s funeral to talk about their impact on my life. I’d rather tell them while they’re still around. Therefore, I’m going to do what I’m mom suggested and write some letters, not only to the person I mentioned, but to others who have impacted me as well.
So who has impacted your life? Who has made a difference to you or has made your life better just by their presence and willingness to invest their time into you? As my mom did for us, I encourage you to let them know? Make a phone call, send an email, fire off a text, or send a hand written note. It doesn’t have to be something lengthy or formal. It can be as simple as a couple of sentences stating what they have done for you, how it has impacted you, and your gratitude.
Imagine the impact your words of recognition and gratitude could have one someone who has impacted you.