Monday, June 2, 2008

Who you are does make a Difference

My friend at work sent me this email regarding the Blue Ribbon. At first I don’t understand what it was supposed to, so I read the entire email and learned the story behind it. It was a class project and started when a teacher from New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference each of them made. She called each of the student to the front and 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 a gold letters saying “Who I am makes a Difference”.

Then afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each student 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. 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 path. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it in his shirt and then gave him the two extra ribbon and said that they were doing a class project on recognition and asked the junior executive to also find someone to honor.

Later that day, the junior executive went to see his boss who had a reputation of being a grouchy fellow. He told him that he admired his boss and he would like to honor him for being a creative genius. The boss seems very surprise then the junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and give him permission to put it on him. His boss said yes and so he took one of his blue ribbon and placed it on his boss’s jacket and then he asked, offering if he would take him the extra ribbon that he has and then he explained to his boss what’s was that ribbon for.

His boss took the extra ribbon and that night the boss came home and talk with his 14 year old boy and said what happened on that day, then he took out the ribbon and gave it to his son and honor his son saying, “My days are hectic and when I come home I don’t pay a lot of attention to you. I yell at you for not getting good grades and for your messy bedroom. Somehow tonight, I just want to sit here and let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You are a great kid and I love you.”

With that, the boy started to sob and sob that couldn’t stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked at his dad and said through his tears, “Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter for you and for mom explaining why I had to take my life off, and I asked for your forgiveness. The letter is in my room and I don’t think I’ll need it now”. His father walked upstairs and found the heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain.

The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer grouch but instead he makes sure that he let all of his employees know that they made a difference.

Looking back, it was not really hard to recognized others and let them know how they make a difference on you. Sometimes we tend to forget that it’s also important that we personally talk with the people around us not because we need something from them but because we recognize their importance. I’m sharing this story for I might also do something different today. I might able to touch someone today because I share this.

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