Do you feel you have much impact on the lives of people you come in contact with? Can you think of someone who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?
I’m sure I have more of an impact than I realize. Especially in the work that I do. As a counselor working with young children with behavioral and/or emotional issues, it can be frustrating to see zero results at the end of the day. What I do isn’t about a short-term fix. It’s definitely a long game. And the benefits of what I do and how I may influence these kids is something that I’ll likely never see.
And I’m sure if I sit here long enough, I can think of dozens of people who have significantly influenced my life. They’re people I’m sure I’ve written about before and they’re people I’ve taken time to thank over the years.
Maybe that’s what it’ll be like for the kids I work with today. Maybe when they’re sitting down to answer a Question of the Week when they’re pushing 40, they’ll look back and think about how Mr. Aaron tried to help them out, once upon a time.
What about you? Do you ever think about the impact you could be having on the people around you? What kind of impression do you think you’re leaving behind? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.