Who you are makes a difference!

"A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in High School by telling them the difference each of them had made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time.

First, she told each of them how they had made a difference to her, and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon, imprinted with gold letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference." Afterwards, the teacher decided to do a class project, to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a Community. She gave each of the students three more blue ribbons, and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony.

Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom, and report to the class in about a week. One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby Company, and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon, and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like for you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person, to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened."

Later that day, the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down, and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon, and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket, above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you take this extra ribbon, and pass it on by honoring somebody else. The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school, and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

That night, the boss came home to his 14-year-old son, and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office, and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me, and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine! He thinks I am a creative genius! Then he put a blue ribbon that says, "Who I Am Makes a Difference", on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon, and I thought about you. I want to honor you. My days are hectic and when I come home, I do not pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school, and for your bedroom being a mess. Somehow, tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid, and I love you!"

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he could not stop crying His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom, explaining why I had took my life, and I asked you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just did not think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after all." His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain.

The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch, but made sure to let all of his employees know that they made a difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning, and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life...one being the boss' son. In addition, the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson, "Who you are DOES make a difference".

I just wanted to remind all of us that “we do make a difference” and “we matter”.
Just as Buckminster Fuller explained in the theory of “precession”, every body in motion effects other bodies in motion. If we are moving toward a goal, we are creating an effect. The effect we create depends on the intention we have while moving toward a goal. You have heard it is the “journey not the destination” before. Once you achieve a goal, you may ask yourself , “Now what”? Remember, the value you add along the way is really what matters, not the goal. Keep moving forward and adding value and the effects you have on the world will matter and add value.

Let’s all remember to "demonstrate, demonstrate, demonstrate" and "never give up, never give in".

You are important!!

Author's Bio: 

Burge Smith-Lyons is president and CEO of Essence of Being, Inc. For more than 29 years she has been involved with the healing, learning and educational environment. Burge has facilitated workshops for personal growth and corporate seminars since 1980. She has led private and public venues in self-development, relationships and abundance for adults and children. She specializes in helping people identify their "Bubble Talk" — subconscious negative self-talk that blocks them from achieving what they want in life.

Burge is distinguished by the many modalities of learning she uses for personal growth and healing in her workshops. Her holistic mind-body-spirit approach includes conscious breathing, kinesiology, emotional release, energy release, psychotherapy, NLP, EFT, anger-release work, channeling and Super Learning, accelerated learning techniques that activate both the left and right brain.

Burge is a motivational speaker and trainer, intuitive healer, family counselor and minister through the Universal Life Church and The Madonna Ministry. She is chairman and founder of The Healing Forest Foundation, Inc. It is a non-profit organization that focuses on experiential learning and the shifting of outdated belief systems that contribute to physical, mental, and emotional illness for children. The foundation produces one-week residential "Kidz Power Kamps" for children ages 6-17. She has brought interactive programs and self-esteem workshops to the Atlanta City Schools, Prodigy Learning Centers, and Alternative High Schools in Asheville, N.C.

Since 1984, Burge has owned many successful businesses. Currently she owns and operates Burge Enterprises, Inc., which consults, produces, and facilitates corporate trainings for team building and better communications. She is the vice-president and founder of Fresh Start Capital, Inc., a real estate investing and management firm that deals in residential and commercial investments. She has also consulted within the corporate environment in companies such as Georgia-Pacific, Target Stores, Xcellenet, Medical Doctor's Association and Thomas Publishing in the fields of customer service, sales, human resources and communication.

Burge has developed BubbleTalk technology and created DVD's and CD's to help people stay on their path of development. She also developed the Essence Series of personal growth courses: Essence of Being™, Essence of Abundance, Essence of Relationships, Essence of Health, Essence of Sales & Essence of Communication. These are 2 1/2 to three-day classes focused on experiential learning & shifting belief systems. She also developed a three-day graduate workshop called Passionate Manifestation and the five-day Advanced Graduate Workshop Mastery available to graduates of the Essence Series. She has graduates from around the world and training centers in Atlanta , Miami, Asheville, Boston, and Rhode Island.

Burge holds a bachelor of arts degree in the Communication Arts (Magna Cum Laude) and a T-4 Certification in Education from Georgia State University with a minor in Psychology.