This week I was on the receiving end of a very kind gesture. One of my nieces sent a note to thank my husband and I for the influence we have been in her life. She spoke of memories she had as a young girl and the influence we had had on her as parents to our four small children at the time. She said she decided at the time that it was what she wanted for her own future family. She shared that she implemented those things into her own family (of seven children) and that she has been very happy with the results.
Her memories were created from very simple things we did as parents. We had no idea of our influence at the time. She probably had no idea that her simple note of gratitude would be a great influence on me either.
Her note was an unexpected boost to my spirits and it reminded me of the importance of our influence on others. Most of all, it made me want to pay it forward and do the same for others.
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