“Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” That’s how the vice president of marketing at my workplace ended an inspirational message to the marketing team. And it stuck with me.
When I think about sparkles, I think of glitter and sequins. Shiny things that shimmer in light. Personally, I find glitter quite annoying because it’s hard to get rid of. But it leaves an undeniable sparkle wherever it lands. When light hits even a small speck of it just right, the glitter glistens and gains the attention of anyone who sees it.
“Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.”
Similarly, your life touches lots of lives every day, and you leave your mark on those lives. Whether in person, over the phone, or online, the way you carry yourself can make a difference in someone’s day for better or worse. You have the power to leave a sparkle, a bright spot in another’s life — just as you have the power and opportunity to leave a dark spot. Either way, you’ll be remembered.
Why not be remembered for good?
Think about the lives that have touched yours and left a positive impact. You likely still smile when you think about those encounters. I know I do. We’re blessed with the capacity to carry memories with us. Even just a brief encounter can have a lasting impact, like the stranger I met who told me she appreciated me.
I had the privilege of speaking to a breast cancer support group recently. The ladies there said they found me inspirational and enjoyed my presentation. I guess you could say I left a sparkle with them. But I really enjoyed meeting them and getting to share an hour of my day with them too. They inspired me and left a sparkle with me.
And that’s the beauty about leaving a little sparkle wherever we go: It’s reciprocal. Two sparkle carriers can’t help but leave a positive impact.
What kind of impression are you making on those around you?
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"