I was talking to my mom yesterday. We were discussing how blessed I have been throughout my life to continually be exposed to and surrounded by inspirational, positive role models. God must have known how deeply I needed that to truly get His message. As I considered all the teachers I have had, I could count the negative ones on one hand. Some of my positive influences were the ‘warm and fuzzy’ type. Others were more like football coaches—hollering and insisting i work harder and reach farther. Actually the latter were among my favorites. My extended family was equally inspirational. Who knows where I would be if I had not had all of those wonderful examples?
Each day I am grateful to every single person who helped to make me want to be a better person; for them, for God, for myself, and for our world. How wonderful our world becomes each time someone urges another person forward; encourages them to do their best. Where would we be without the “urge-ers”? I don’t even want to know!