President's Message

 A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

As I sit here and think about what to write, my mind keeps going back to a day last week when I was driving home. I was feeling blessed by the gorgeous view and my life, and then I realized that out there in the world someone was being born, someone was dying, some were celebrating, and some were grieving. The truth of the matter is that life is precious. This past weekend a mother and two children died in a car accident, a 3-year-old died after a simple fall, and a 35-year-old died of cancer. No one knows how much time they have. 

During the past couple of years, we were all separated from one another. Life for many was “virtual.” Some of us that were not allowed to live in the virtual world, wished that we could. What I have found over the last year is that people seem to have forgotten how to interact on a personal level in polite society. All the rules about how we can/should treat others seems to have been forgotten. Over the past year, more people seem to behave as if their behavior does not affect anyone else. It does. Our society has become very selfish. What about me? We worry about bills, retirement, what other people are doing without thinking about our impact on others. At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, isn’t that all we really have…our impact on others. How, and if, we will be remembered.

We are social beings, and we need personal connections to really thrive.

We all can use our talents to build up other people or to tear them down. The choice is ours. The question is: How do we want to be remembered? Do we want to be remembered as that nice person who really connected with people and strived to help them be their best? Do we want to be remembered as the person who held everyone to the letter of the law? Is our glass half empty or half full?

Every day is a gift.

We each need to decide every morning what we are going to do with that gift.

My sincerest hope is that we decide each day how we can improve someone else’s day.

As Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Marcia Wagner, WSNA President

 

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