Sunday, 11 May 2008

Make A Difference

"Who You Are Makes A Difference"

The Original Blue Ribbon Story

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her high school seniors for the difference they made in her life. Then she presented each of them with a Blue Ribbon imprinted with gold letters which read: Afterwards the teacher gave each of the students three more ribbons to acknowledge others, to see what impact it would have in their community. They were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class the following week.

One of the students honored a junior executive in a nearby company for helping him with his career planning. The student gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt just over his heart. Then the boy gave him two extra ribbons, explained their class project on acknowledgement and enlisted the executive's help.

Later that day the junior executive went in to his boss and told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. 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." After placing the ribbon above his bos's' heart, he asked him to support the efforts of the class project and pass on the extra ribbon.

That night the boss went 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'm a creative genius. Then he put 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, son. 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 or 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 couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now I don't need to.

Copyright © 2002 Helice Bridges


Anonymous said...

sometimes, it is very difficult to say out some touching words (e.g. honour somebody)to our intimate family members (parents / husband wife / children), especially when they are not the kind who will sit down quietly to listen to you.....

stormwhistle said...

I totally agree with you. However sometimes it is all about taking risk and putting our pride aside.I remember 3 yrs ago, I actually acknowledge my dad for bringing me up and thank him for this. Both of us never had a chance to sit down to have a heart to heart father and son talk before, my dad is a hard man and it never cross my mind to take the risk to acknowledge him, but anyway I did it. After than our relationship had been amazing. Most of us just keep our feeling inside and don't express it, someone has to take the risk why not you. What is the worst thing that could happen if you do it. Think about it.