I spent last weekend at my college choir reunion. Hard to believe that it has been 35 years since I finished college! It was good to see friends who were so important to me during that formative time in my life and discover where life has taken us.

Most important to me last weekend, however, was time spent with my two major professors. It was so good to see them again after all of these years, know that they are well and happy, and to be able to thank them personally for all they had given to me. As I get older, I am increasingly aware of the importance of telling people what they mean to me. And especially to reflect back on the people whose presence in my life at various times was so significant. I have been blessed with many wise and generous people who have supported me in many, often unexpected, ways. Probably you have at least a few of those people, too. Sometimes they are in our families, yet often they are people we have encountered along the way who showed up at use the right time and turned out to be very important for us, even if only for a short time.

And so the last few days as I have reflected back over my reunion experience, I am grateful for those wise and generous souls who have graced my life over the years. The reflection has been a gift in itself. I highly recommend it! Take a little time to reflect back over the people who have made a big difference in your life. Perhaps even take a few minutes to write them a note or call them and tell them what they have meant to you. It will make their day, and it will bring great warmth for you as well.

Then pass it on. Be in the habit of looking around you to see whose life you might touch in an unexpected way. Just share the gift of your presence, your warmth, your open heart. That’s all you need to offer. The rest will take care of itself.

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