Isn’t it amazing what sticks with us over the years? It’s not always the things you think it would be. I sat in a ladies meeting today at our convention and our speaker did the one thing I absolutely hate when preachers do… she made us turn into groups and share with each other about our lives. Ugh. But it’s always a good thing to do, even when it’s uncomfortable. We have to remind each other that we’re not alone with our issues.

Anyway, one of the things we discussed was imprints: Who left them on us, and who are we leaving them on?

My mind went on a little excursion on this one and I started making a list of the people who really imprinted my life, and how they imprinted my life, what exactly I took away from that relationship, and whether or not it’s still with me. I found the names on that list fascinating. They were not people I spent lots of time with, they were not people I was related to. They were incredibly brief moments in my life, but their impact was huge.

Who are we impacting with our daily lives? Who are we making an impression on? Who is out there emulating us, learning from us, making a lifetime memory from our words? It’s more than just our children.

These obscure folks who imprinted me will likely never know what they did, but I’d like to thank them right now; not just for what they taught me, but for the realization that I am teaching others, and that it’s really important that I get it right.