Who You Are Makes A Difference!
Westfall, Carl (Carl.Westfall@CBN.ORG)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 10:32:27 -0400
I am opposed to email chain letters and don't usually pass
on the ones I receive...but this one just seemed like it fir here. Excuse
me, but I couldn't resist....
A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors
in High School by telling them the difference they each made. Using a
process developed by Helice Bridges of Del Mar, California, she called each
student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told them how
the student made a difference to her and the class. Then she
presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters which
read, "Who I Am Makes A Difference". Afterwards the teacher decided to do a
class project to see what kind impact recognition would have on a
community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed
them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony, then they were to
follow up on the results, who honored whom and report back to the class in
about a week.
One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a
nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He
gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra
ribbons, and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd
like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then
give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to
keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and
tell me what happened."
Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss,
who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat
his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a
creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive
asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give
him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure."
The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's
jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said,
"Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on
by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is
doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony
going and find out how it affects people."
That night the boss came home to his 14-year old son and sat
him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was
in my office and one of the junior executives came and told me he admired me
and gave me a blue ribbon for the being a creative genius. Imagine. He
thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says, "Who
I Am Makes A Difference" on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra
ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home
tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I
thought of you. I want to honor you. "My days are really hectic and when I
come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you
for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a
mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you
know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are
the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!
The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't
stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said
through his tears, "I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad,
because I didn't think you loved me. Now I don't need to."
If you have anyone who means a lot to you, I encourage you
to send them this message and let them know. You never know what kind of
difference a little encouragement can make to a person. Send it to all of
the people who mean anything important to you, or send it to the one or two
people who mean the most. Or just smile and know that you are important or
you wouldn't have received this in the first place. Remember that I give
you a Blue Ribbon!
Who You Are Makes A Difference!
Asst. Scoutmaster Troop 6 - Tidewater Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City