When the Objective is Reversed
It is extremely humbling to discover that you made a positive impact on a child. Public speakers work hard to phrase together sentences that are meaningful and impactful. It is very humbling to discover that you have made a positive impact without deliberately doing so. Especially when the impact was made on a child.
One day I was notified that one of our family members had this photo posted on her school wall. Reading the letter created swelling emotions. I called the family and attempted to express how I felt about everything. Being one who is hired to speak, I was lost trying to find the right words to say. I recall choking up while expressing my emotions. All I could do was utter the words “I don’t know what to say! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. It means so much.” To humble me even further, I was informed that this was not the first time that happened.
In order to show the child how much I appreciated what she had done, we made some behind the scenes arrangements with her elementary school to allow me to be their guest speaker for the upcoming Veterans Day program. The event was remarkable and much larger than I had anticipated. The Sawnee Elementary Veterans Day program is done in grand fashion! It is the best I have seen done by any elementary school and I have done several over the past 8 years. Over 100 veterans accepted invitations and were in attendance and I had the honor of speaking to over 400 students and countless parents and faculty members.
The intention was to show appreciation to Kayla Chatman and hopefully impact many more children. The result, was I was the one who appreciated everything that was done and the faculty, students, and parents in attendance made a positive impact upon me.