At our all staff Christmas party, our guest speaker read from Wess Stafford’s book, “Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment…Can Last Forever.” Full of stories, she picked just a few to share with the staff; Stories that told how one person in just one moment breathed life into a child that altered their path – or – how in one moment one phrase could dash their dreams and begin a downward spiral. The book was filled with pages of inspiring stories that began to make you wonder.
After one story, different Heads walked forward to share the one person who inspired them to be who they are today. Another story, and we were encouraged to share at our tables about one person who encouraged us. Closing with a final story, we were reminded that our business has a story too and that each of us were a part of it. At our table we all shared about how we got our position and what led us to this career. It was a great way to feel a part of something bigger and better than we could be alone.
However, I had a hard time choosing just one person who influenced me. I have been blessed to cross paths with so many wonderful, encouraging, and inspiring people. My life is full of friends and family members that I cherish and who have loved me into the person I am today. So I want to begin a journey of thanking all of these individuals for what they taught me or how they loved me. In the next couple months I’ll be sharing my stories with you here. I hope that they can remind you of the many people who have blessed your life, and perhaps encourage you to tell them thank you. Maybe you can reflect on the many opportunities you have infront of you to be the one who inspires.