Who is on your list? Thankful for all those who’ve shaped my leadership

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I recently came across a powerful poem that I’d like to share with you. I don’t know who wrote it, but it certainly had an impact on me. It is short, but heart-warming. As you take a few minutes to read it, think about who is on your list. Who has made an impact on your life, be it for a small moment in time or a lifelong friendship? Please take time this holiday season to enjoy your family and friends, and refresh before the New Year.

The Spirit of Christmas, (anonymous)

I have a list of people I know all written in a book,

And every year at Christmastime I go and take a look,

And that is when I realize that those names are a part

Not of the book they’re written in but of my very heart,

For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path some time

And in that meeting they’ve become a treasured friend of mine,

And once you’ve met some people the years cannot erase,

The memory of a pleasant word or a friendly face,

So when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you,

It’s because you’re on that list of folk I’m indebted to,

And you are one of many folk who in times past I’ve met

And happen to be one of those I don’t want to forget,

And whether I have known you for many years or few,

In some way you have a part in shaping things I do,

Thus, the spirit of Christmas, that forever and ever endures,

May it leave its richest blessing in the hearts of you and yours.