You Never Know

I looked at this little cartoon today and laughed because it's so true. You truly have no idea what your influence is going to be on anyone, especially children.

That's something I have totally enjoyed about Facebook: getting back in touch with people I knew and loved at some point in my life, but (sadly) may never ever see in person again. They may be old friends, former students or even family members who are now spread out across the world.

It's such a gift to hear that maybe, something you did some time ago made a difference to someone. It lifts up my heart and helps me to move on in the day-to-day grind to know that something I did may have made a difference. Reminded me of a little poem I read long ago:

You Never Know
Author Unknown

You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you.
You never know when a little word,
Or something you may do
May open up a window
Of the mind that seeks the light
The way you live may not matter at all...
But you never know - it might.

And just in case it could be
That another's life through you.
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader brighter view.
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right.
Of course, it may not matter at all,
But then again it might.

Which in turn inspires me to be more vocal and verbal about the gratitude I feel for those who have been and continue to be life-changers for me. There are many and I am so grateful.


Renae said...

You were the best beehive leader! You had a huge influence on me, and you tolerated our craziness too. Love you!

Nat Lud said...

It is so true! We should always try to express our feelings so people know just how great they are! Like you! Thanks for always sharing such great thoughts and for always checking out my blog. You're awesome!

Jill said...

I completely feel that way (especially with the primary class I have right now).

You've always been a great example. Hopefully I'm not one of the ones you'll never see again! I will be in Austin for the UT/BYU game. We'll have to get together!

100 Percent Cottam said...

i'm trying to be more vocal with my gratitude, too. i'm grateful for all who have good influence over my kiddos.

Mia said...

I sent a couple of thank you notes to people this week who have had a big impact on me and my kids, it is so important to say it out loud. Thank you Jan for your positive bright spirit.

Carrie Page said...

Amen! Love your face.

Doug Funny said...

I love the image of influencing people through the children. Since I haven't really been involved with a lot of children old enough to communicate, I had not really considered this.

Like you, Facebook's greatest value to me has been that it made it possible to reconnect with people whose contribution to my life is something I value. As you and I have discussed, I stay on Facebook because I think maybe someone, albeit unspoken, may be touched by something I say on there and change the world, or at least their own.

You really do just never know. Thank you for being a positive influence in my life and for your eye of discernment that sees beyond to the soul I really am. Your gift for that is an amazing one, and I am very grateful you have it!