As our paths cross, we have the opportunity to touch each other’s lives…the best and the worst seem to impact us the most. And, just like in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, we often have no idea what kind of footprint we’ve left. Recognizing that every living thing has value, we should be careful with each other and when we choose to love, we should love selflessly, without an expectation of reciprocity. Really, what’s wrong with unrequited love…given purely to people who, by the way they live, think and behave, represent all that you could ever hope to love? You know the situation…the “friend” you love. Why do we need them to love us back? Isn’t that a selfish emotion? We do the right things in life because they are the right things to do…not because we want something in return. We don’t get to own or control each other…that’s all ego. However, we do get to leave footprints. Besides, the reality is that one way or another, we eventually lose everyone we love. Even my mom, after 53 years in a great marriage, had to give up my dad….he died. But his footprint will last forever…that’s hers to keep.
Wendy (Naarup) Theisen is a mom, an award-winning speaker, an author of five books, a rape survivor and an Ironman. She believes there’s a difference between being victimized and being a victim.