I've come to terms with the fact that I'll rarely, if ever, get to know the impact I've made in the lives of those I've met. Most of my life's work has been, and will always be planting seeds.

I'm not a gardener. I usually don't even stick around long enough to check on what's growing. That's someone else's job—to nurture takes time. I simply pass through a place, stir things up a tad, and get little dirty as I toss a bit of inspiration here, some motivation there, and a lot of encouragement everywhere.

Life is full of harvesters. I’m not one of them, and I’ll likely never reap what I’ve sown. But, it’s so wonderful to be reminded that what I do does make a difference, no matter how small. That some of the seeds I’ve planted are growing, being cared for and fed.

I received an email this evening from a student I met at Chungbuk Foreign Language Institute for Students (CBFLIS). I was invited to teach a class on public speaking and radio broadcasting several months ago. The students in my sessions were outstanding, and I asked them to keep in touch with me.
Hello chase teacher! I'm Mason in H class. How are you? I'm really great!

...I miss you and my classmate in CBFLIS! I can't forget memory in CBFLIS with you. I want to study with you [again]!

Whenever I study announcement with you, I can raise my English talking skill... I always try to speak English. because I gain confidence after your class. I always thanks to you.

when you see this... please answer my E-mail! See U later and god bless with you!
I may never see Mason again, but I’ll surely respond to his kind message. It meant a lot to know he got something out of my lesson. I know I made an impact on at least one person, and that’s all the incentive I need to keep going.

Where do you fit in the garden of life? Are you a planter, nurturer or harvester?


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