Never hold grudges…holding on to anger does more harm to yourself than whatever or whomever you are angry about. Forgiveness will make the world a better place.
When did you make the biggest difference?
I’m not sure that I can state one time that I’ve made the biggest difference. My hope is that I make a difference through the little things in my life. During my career time it was encouraging my employees and peers to do their best. Now it is sharing a smile, an encouraging word or some laughter with the residents of my Mom’s Alzheimer’s home. I am hoping my presence will give them a bit of peace in a confusing time and make a difference in their day.
I hope I have made a difference in the lives of my children by my example. I am very proud of the young man and woman they have become. I hope that I can make a difference in the lives of their children, my four beautiful granddaughters.
Who had the most influence on your life?
My parents and my husband have had the greatest influence on my life. They have all three been examples of hard work, love and faith. I have written lenses on both of my parents and the examples they were for me.
My husband, Ray, has been my biggest supporter for the past 45 years. He encouraged and supported me during the years we raised our children and then when they were in college and I started my career he encouraged me each step of the way. We moved 5 times in 10 years for my promotions and Ray was always there to guide me. When I decided to go back to school he was always encouraging. I got my degree at age 57 and he was supportive of all those long nights I spent studying.
Now that we are retired we enjoy our time together and Ray supports and encourages my hobby of photographing lighthouses. In the past 7 years he has driven me thousands of miles around the country while I have photographed over 90 lighthouses.