Herma’s Christmas Message
At Christmastime I reflect on my relationships with others. It being the season of giving I also wonder what kind of impact I have had on the world. I guess we all wonder this at one time or another. That is why when I read this poem not long ago it struck a chord and stayed with me. I want to share it with you.
Your impact on other people is bigger than you think. Someone still giggles when they think of that funny thing you said. Someone still smiles when they think of the compliment you gave them. Someone silently admires you. The advice you give has made a difference for people. The support and love you’ve offered others has made someone’s day. Your input and opinions have made someone think twice. You’re not insignificant and forgotten. Your existence makes a positive difference, whether you see it or not.
How we behave and what we say has a ripple effect that travels farther than we think. Each of us has the ability to change the world for better or worse. What we think and do affects the lives of others and their reaction to us in turn affect others as well.
It’s like what the angel said to George in It’s a Wonderful Life, Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
So as you sit cozy at home or with your families, know that you do make a difference. At Christmastime we have the ability to give gifts of the heart…gifts of joy, warmth, mirth and especially light and love to all those around us.
Throughout the year I feel fortunate that there are people who have lent a helping hand and a word of encouragement when I needed it and, yes, people who have lightened the mood with their sense of humor when I have been down. We all have our own unique gifts to give each other.
That is why I would like to give special thanks in this letter to just some of those special people with whom I see on a daily basis…Taco, Gordon, Margaret, Madison, Janis, Janet, Cora Lee, Geri, Cynthia and Meredith.
I am also exceedingly grateful to my husband Harry whose beautiful heart and positive attitude has given so much to me both personally at home and in the store. I am blessed to be going through life with him by my side.
Lastly, I’d like to thank you, my friends and customers, for always being there with smiles and words of encouragement. Your patronage and the relationships I have with you are what keep me going and allow me to feel rich in my heart in that I have good friends such as you.
I wish for you this Christmas a heart full of love for all those around you and a peace that comes with the knowledge that so many on Christmas night are wishing for the same…peace on earth, good will toward men.
From both Harry and I we wish you a very, merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year’s.
*The poem that was given to me was just signed Kat, Compassionate Reminders.