One of the selections in the Millennium Chorale's Spring Concert was For Good from the Broadway musical "Wicked." The lyrics state that "People come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow (if we let them), and we help them in return ... I know I'm who I am today because I knew you."
This caused me to think of people who had an influence on my life: my paternal grandmother, who was my caretaker from ages 6 to 14; several special teachers who encouraged me along the way; role model, Ella Foote, who taught Sunday School and sang alto in the Sr. Choir; my personal idols - the Incomparable Hildegarde and Erma Bombeck; and of course my husband, Bill, who promised to take me to the ends of the earth - and did!
The song ends with these words: "I don't know if I've been changed for the better, but, because I knew you, I have been changed for good."
Who are the people who have made a difference in your life? Take a few minutes to remember them and, if possible, thank them either in person or in your heart.