You never know the impact you may have on someone by doing the simplest of things. Simplest in that you don’t even realize you did something. You were just being the routine to you.
I was doing my afternoon show one Friday not long ago when I heard the station door bell ring. Typically, I wouldn’t answer it because my job is to stay focused on time with you. But this time, since I had two songs in a row, I jogged out to see who it was.
When I opened the door, my jaw dropped.
“Hey Don, I’m…”
“I know who you are!” I interrupted. “Mr. Balmer!” Brent Balmer was one of my teachers from 35 years ago at Milo Academy, a Christian boarding high school in Southern Oregon.
While I never took a class from him, I had very fond memories flooding through me as we chatted. He’s an easy-going guy who is very good at playing guitar and banjo. He loved his students and would often stay late hours after class to help someone understand a concept and catch up on work.
He probably didn’t realize the impact he had on my life. And you won’t either most of the time. But keep being kind. Patient. Thoughtful. Helpful. Apologizing when necessary. It’s the little things in the moment that grow into big impact over the years.