In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. – Albert Schweitzer

Yesterday we celebrated my in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary.  They were surrounded by their children, grandchildren, my mother-in-law’s 92 year old father, friends, sisters and brothers.  It was a beautiful, sunny spring day and the location was a renovated farm house on a hill overlooking a glistening pond.

My wife and her two siblings got up to toast their parents. They shared how their mom and dad’s life impacted them.  They talked about their generosity and emphasis creating family ritual. They shared how important they were in their childhood and how important it was that they were so involved with their grandchildren – attending school and sports events. They talked about their legacy.

Whether we realize or not, we all make an impact in each other’s lives.  Sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle.

The choice for this week is to take moments of reflection to realize that you have a choice to make a positive impact – to share your kindness, knowledge, and time.  Make it your gift without any expectation of something in return.

[Note: This is the 12th (and last) in a 12-week series of posts that will discuss “choices” from the book Monday Morning Choices by David Cottrell.]