I think about my high school English teacher Mr. Warren virtually every time I sit down to write. It has been 35 years since I sat in his class, but Mr. Warren is still in my head, reminding me to avoid passive voice, omit needless words, and edit, edit, edit. But what I remember most is Mr. Warren telling me to “let my voice shine.”
I never thanked Mr. Warren for his wisdom and guidance. By the time I realized the impact he had on my life, I had moved to another city and lost touch with him.
I regret missing that opportunity. I would have felt great telling him how much he meant to me, and I imagine, he would have loved hearing it.
None of us are solely responsible for our success. We all have our own Mr. Warrens. When we offer them our heartfelt thanks, we feel grateful for our good fortune, and we shine a light on the role they played in our success.
Who has helped you become the person you are? Have you told them how much they mean to you? If not, why not draft them an email, send them a letter, or better yet, seek them out to say thank you. I imagine they will feel great and so will you.
And in case he happens to read this: Thank you, Mr. Warren. You made a big difference in my life.