Have you ever wondered how many backgrounds of photographs you are in? How many saved programs and yearbooks people have with your name or photo in it. What about how many people think about you on a daily basis? How many people cannot forget something you said to them, whether it had a positive or negative affect on them. How many peoples lives have been changed because of you. How many people wonder if you even remember them. The people in your life that moved away, do they still think about you in the same way you think about them? Do they remember you? How many grade school friends still have the notes they kept that you passed in class. How many parents of those friends still remember the slumber parties you attended at their house. How many people do you pass by every single day and not speak to, but they know exactly who you are.
Sometimes these things amaze me. I'm a small town girl and sometimes I think my view of the world tend to reflect that, I tend to picture my world as this small little circle of people. Sometimes I'm amazed when people actually know who I am or know my name. I know their name, but I thought they probably had no clue who I was. I don't know why I tend to think that way sometimes. The reality is that so many people are affected by me everyday. Whether I let someone over in traffic or not may set the tone for their entire day. Sometimes saying hello, or not saying it, can make a difference in the way someone feels about themselves. I can't even imagine how long the list would be if God handed over to me a list of names of people I have affected in my life, whether positively or negatively. I'm sure it would be a huge list. And honestly that scares me. I'm not saying life should be lived as if you are walking on pins and needles, and I'm definitely not claiming that I can go without ever having a bad day. But, how much of an impact could I possibly have if I started thinking about all the little things that are going to affect people and actually putting forth the actions to make a change. It could be the one thing that turns someone's heart around.