ThinkKit Day 18: Have no fear – no numbers needed here. Who (or what) made a difference for you this year? Were they cognizant of their effect? Did it add to your life…or detract? Was it a momentary encounter? A year-long helping hand? Someone who took a chance on you, or vice versa? What would’ve changed if you’d had to go without, or go it alone? Imagine the alternative scenario.
I feel like I have so many people who have made a difference for me this year–too many to list. I rely heavily on mentors and the support of friends and family. It takes a village, you know.
I rely on two friends to help me get one of my kids to school. I have three kids in three schools with three different start times. I spend two hours each morning getting everyone up, ready and delivered to their respective school. But, without the help of two friends, it would be much harder and my other two kids would have to ride along for an extra hour in the car just to get to school on time.
I rely on my husband, who is my partner in everything–good and bad. He makes a difference for me every day. I love that moment each day when we finally connect. A smile, a hug, a moment together just to recharge. He really does make everything better.
My friends offer support and encouragement. I take time to be with them and savor those moments, the laughs and the tears.
There are a group of people who have made a big difference in my life this year related to my health. This includes my trainer who has pushed me hard and made me believe in my strength, my doctor who celebrated my success over the past year, my family who encourages me and my kids who often join me on runs, my tennis pro who I love to hear say (in his eastern Indian accent) “Kris….you getting better again,” my friend Jamie who always posts inspiring messages on her Facebook and all of the people in my life who have noticed my outward transformation. I think some people don’t notice because my weight loss has been so gradual; but it now totals 25 pounds+ and 19+ inches.
And of course, my kids who make my heart warm and full every day.
I cannot imagine the alternative scenario. All the people who are in my life make a difference and that’s because I choose them. I don’t let people in who do not offer something rewarding to me (no drama, no negative energy, no bad attitudes). I love them all. I am so lucky! My life wouldn’t be the same without the difference they make in my life. I really try to tell them this as often as I can but if you are reading this and I haven’t told you lately, YOU MATTER TO ME!