30 Days Of Me ……What has made the most impact in my life?

That really is hard to say. There were a lot of things that happened in my life that have made an impact.

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Life is full of moments that impact.  The trick is to eat enough fiber to help it pass.

When I was twelve my father was severely injured in a work accident.  I am only coming to terms how much that one incident has impacted my life.  A lot of times victims of such horrifying events will suffer from PTSD, much like a soldier involved in a war.  It’s devastating to the one who experienced the terror as well as their loved ones who may not understand until much later.

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“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.” 
Judith Lewis Herman

     Another traumatic experience was when I was diagnosed with cancer.  It goes without saying that major illness can be a major life stressor!  There were a lot of aspects that went along with that impact including that I will no longer blindly believe a doctor’s word.  That one incident also impacted my family but it impacted me in more ways than I anticipated.  For one, it taught me to seize the moment as well as to stop being so judgmental.  One of my favorite gifts during that time was a CD of music compiled by our worship team and choir.  It was the most thoughtful gift I had ever received.  On it were some silly songs and some more serious ones including a song by Point of Grace called “How You Live”.

 

Wake up to the sunlight
With your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress
Use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes
Have what you want
But want what you have
And don’t spend your life lookin’ back

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
You won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

So go to the ballgames
And go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children
Dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night
Don’t run from the truth
Cause you can’t get away
Just face it and you’ll be okay

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
You won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Oh wherever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is the time to begin

So give to the needy
And pray for the grieving
E’en when you don’t think that you can
Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
Make peace with God and make peace with yourself
Cause in the end there’s nobody else

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
You won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Written by Cindy Morgan
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     The point of that song?  While that song impacted me, it also illustrates how I can impact other’s lives.  It’s not about doing things because someone is watching.  It’s not about worrying how things look to others.  Instead this song focuses on how the little things I do can impact someone else’s life.
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ripples-640872_1920Grandmother Willow: Now then, there’s something I want to show you. Look.
[dips her vine in the water in which glowing ripples begin to form]
Pocahontas: The ripples.
John Smith: What about them?
Grandmother Willow: So small at first, then look how they grow. But someone has to start them.
John Smith: They’re not gonna listen to us.
Grandmother Willow: Young man, sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. Don’t you see? Only when the fighting stops, can you be together.
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So what will you do to make an impact on others?  No one is so small or so insignificant to make a big impact after all…..

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.
Anita Roddick

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