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A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her Seniors in high
school by telling them the difference they each made.
She called each of the students 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 the community.
She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them
to go out and spread this acknowledgement ceremony. Then they were
to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report
back 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 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 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 acknowledgement 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 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.
The surprised boss said, "Well, sure."
The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it on his boss's
jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said,
"Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra one 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.
Then he gave me this 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 really hectic and when I come home I don't 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, but
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 wouldn't stop
crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and he said
through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a
letter to you and mom explaining why I had killed myself and asking
you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were
asleep. I just didn't 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 letter was addressed,
"Mom and Dad."
The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch
but made sure to let all his employees know they made a difference.
The junior executive helped several other people with career planning
and never forgot to let them know they made a difference in his life...
one being the boss's son.
And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson.
Who You Are Does Make A Difference.
Author Unknown To Me
Pass This On To Someone
Who Makes A Difference In
Jesus Loves You & So Do We!