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
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.