“When we notice things about ourselves and other people that allow us all to regroup, take a breath, and begin our lives again, the best is surely yet to come.“
From The Noticer
by Andy Andrews
Inspired by AndyAndrews‘ latest book, The Noticer (Thomas Nelson; 2009) The Noticer Project is an opportunity to participate in a world wide movement to “notice” the five most influential people in your life.
Here are the five most influential people in my life:
My Maternal Grandmother
She was the first person who ever made me feel loved, unconditionally.
She always expected the best of me, but showed forgiveness and compassion when I fell short.
When she died she left behind 12 grandchildren—all of whom thought they were her favorite.
Mr. Pryor my 9th grade Pre-Algebra Teacher
He was the first teacher who made math make sense to me, and that’s saying a lot. He gave of his time to all of his students. He helped you without making you feel stupid. He never gave up on any of his students. He didn’t play favorites. I ended that year with an A. It would be the only A I would ever receive in math and the only year it would ever make sense. If only there were more teachers like Mr. Pryor.
I was just a skinny shy girl on a dance team filled with other more popular interesting teenage dancers, but she, the broadway dancer in from NYC, took notice of me. Because of her I went after a dream that I previously thought was impossible…
Dr. Earls was my AP Humanities teacher in high school. A popular teacher even today, she was known for the way she brought Humanities to life. Well traveled, she shared many of her own personal slides in her lectures. She opened my eyes to a far away places and sparked my interest in travel. When I was lucky enough to model abroad I thought of her. After visiting Acropolis in Greece, I promptly went back to my hotel room and wrote her a post card thanking her. When I teach my children I try to bring her enthusiasm to my presentation. I hope I can also inspire them to see the world, just as she inspired me to.
My Family (okay, so that’s technically five people lumped together).
My children inspire me daily to be a better person and Christian.
My husband makes me feel safe, loved, and protected. He accepts me for the imperfect person that I am and gave me the family I always dreamed of.
Who are the five most influential people in your life?