I was thinking about footprints.
Various shapes, sizes. Easy to find on a beach as you walk along the shore. Perhaps not so welcome when you find footprints on your newly cleaned floor. As a kid, my family would drive to the dunes at a state park along Lake Michigan and we'd see signs requesting visitors to watch where they walk, to stay on the path and not disturb the ecosystem.
I wonder about the footprints I've left behind and what became of them. Were my footprints welcomed like the ones at the beach? Were they seen as an intrusion like the messy ones on a clean linoleum floor? Did I care enough to not damage the "ecosystem" of the people I walked with?
Teddy Roosevelt had a famous line: "Walk softly, but carry a big stick." While I admire TR greatly, I'd like to amend his statement to: "Walk softly, and carry a big heart." We never really know what happens to our footprints, but if we carry a big heart, they can be lasting, and loving, impressions for people to follow. Sort of like a trail for the ones who come after us.
Live your life and make a difference.