“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.
Share a moment when someone had a powerful and perhaps unexpected positive emotional impact on you.
- A friend told me, years later, that I was the reason she didn’t kill herself in high school. She is now an amazing mom, happy married, with three kids.
- A high school crush reached out to me after 53 years. A wonderful friendship has followed.
- A senior manager told me that it was OK if I could not find anything in the defense budget to cut. We did not work on commission. Assuring Congress that something was necessary was just as important as assuring Congress something wasn’t necessary. Relieved a tremendous amount of stress and restored my objectivity.
- Being in touch with an old family friend
- Camp counselor consoled crying camper by telling him riddles c. 1959. Camper decides to become a geologist like his counselor.
- I had an aunt that was so peaceful to be around. I especially noticed this as a young girl. And it wasn’t what she said or did. I just felt good around her.
- I received a phone call from a man who I dated in college. He apologized for the way he broke up with me 40+ years ago. It was touching and a few years later I read that he had died.
- I’ve gotten thank you cards from coworkers thanking me for things I’ve done that I felt were just part of the job but were in fact above and beyond. To be recognized in that way-knowing someone took the time to show their appreciation-brought me to tears.
- In my 20’s a softball coach/friend advised me I could do anything I set my mind to do. It has inspired me throughout my life.
- My book club here surprised me with a quick drop in with gifts-I will miss them terribly and appreciate their generosity!!
- My brother who lives in Oregon has been a powerful support for me. I am so grateful for him.
- My oldest son has always had a positive calmness about him. Last year I had applied to a job that I was really hopeful to get but didn’t and I was very discouraged and disappointed. My son sent me two long emails that said, in 23 year old vernacular, “you’re great, hang in there.” It was so buoying of my deflated spirit.
- That was just last night when I received a beautiful handmade chalice from a fellow Circle 8 member! It was totally unexpected and beautiful!
- When my husband passed, a co-worker, who is now my best friend, was super supportive. I will forever be grateful to her for love & kindness.