Who has made a difference in your life? Each person we interact with affects us in some way. Parents and family usually leave the biggest mark. That includes extended family, neighborhood families and heavenly families. Those we spend so much time with while we are in our formative years also influence us greatly.
I am reading a great little book, Gifting and the Stick written by local resident Boyd Keisel. Mr. Keisel was a respected (sometimes feared) junior high teacher of mine. He was also a high school coach when I arrived there. Mr. Keisel didn’t put up with any nonsense in the classroom or on the basketball floor.
I always had a sense that Mr. Keisel truly wanted me to succeed, both the classroom and on the playing floor or field. Boyd (I’m old enough to call him that now) has become a valued and dear friend. He didn’t demand respect; he just expected it.
So many years later, I have reflected upon those patient few who put up with me in my formative years. The list of great examples in my life definitely includes Coach Keisel. He cared, he saw potential, and he made a difference in my life and hundreds, if not thousands of others.
Having this public way to say “thank you” is a great blessing for me. I encourage you to make a conscious effort to thank a teacher, a coach, a neighbor, or a friend who helped you in your formative years. Do it this week! We never know when the opportunity to express our feelings will have passed.
Mayor David Ogden