Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Additions to the List of Difference-Makers

A year and a half ago, I wrote this post entitled A List of Difference-Makers. This post continues to be one of my favorites I have written because it is a credit to the love, support, advice, knowledge, and encouragement that have been bestowed upon me by individuals throughout my life, whether or not they knew how profoundly they impacted me. Based on an idea of Mr. Derek Sivers, I spent a great deal of time reflecting upon both the wonderful and challenging times of my life and the amazing people who were there to make a difference for me along the way. I compiled and published a list of these difference-makers in my life, which can be seen within that post.

Eighteen months of beautiful life have passed me by since that post was written. In those 18 months I have known both joy and heartache that have stripped me to my core and caused me to re-evaluate my priorities. I have laughed and cried with gusto, and I have done it alongside individuals whose worth could never be estimated. Thirteen more people have put fingerprints on my soul. It reminds me of the line from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: "Grandfather's been dead for all these years, but if you lifted my skull,...in the convolutions of my brain you'd find the big ridges of his thumbprint. He touched me."

A special thank-you to my list additions. My life could never have been the same without these people to mark me in some way:
George Potter
Owen Marshall
Kristen Smith
Keri Kelley
Jenny Koehnen
Nicole Beal
Rachel Knudsen
Natalie Dickey
Angie Haubrich
Jeremy Lamb
Elizabeth Waterman
Heather Wilson
Karla Wasielewski

So here is my list in its entirety, with the new additions at the bottom as the list goes chronologically throughout my life:

Bill and Cindy Hughes
Bill “Papa” and Jenny “Grandma” Hughes
Christa Hughes
Billy Hughes
Sara Dilks
Lois Sturch
Jerry and Dixie Cason
"Uncle" Kevin Wigginton
Candace Shephard
Kristal Lounge
Carolyn Snavely
Linda Warford
David Daniel
Kyla Coker
Dr. Roy Stevens, Dr. Raymond Krob, and Dr. Robert Markowitz (my TMJ medical dream team)
Holly Wallace
Tammy Patton
Jana Robins
Linzy Lawson
Coach Ken Hogan
Bam Goodnight
Mike Goodnight
Lori White
Kolby White
Liz Butcher
Sharada Price
Dalia and Artie Catalano
Angela Wheeler
Andi Gossett
Jennifer Seeley
Renee Callies
Brianne Genow
Amber Turley
Christi Flagg
Mary Metzger
Diana Jarrett
Renee and Andy Rhodes
Dr. Ed Lawry
Gary Moore
Amy Kramer
Autumn Weant
Kasey Perry
BJ Potter
Robin Hugle
Dr. James Grice
Dr. Nancy Wilkinson
Julie O'Dom
Kent and Konya Martin
Terry and Susan Potter
Brooke Luthye
Matthew Potter
Laurie Lamb
Paul and Karla Wasielewski
Heidi and Billy Weber
Dr. Skye Payne
Dr. Phyllis Solon
Kristin Nelson
Lisa Nippoldt-Baca
Dr. Marcia Bennett
Jenn Schwartz
Sebbie Alderman
Mike Sutton
Jonna Board
Amy Mohney
Lynn Bensinger
Pam Vestal
Trisha Bley
Sommer Marshall
Jenny Woody Hughes
Emily Hooge
Jerry and Pat Bley
Amber and Erik Terrell
Janie Bates
Chanda Kersey
Heidi Holeman
Cyndi Repanshek
Laura Wasielewski
Dr. Donald Brown
Melissa Fixico
Silas Potter
Amanda Kelly
Vicky Hampton
Jeannie Milan
Heidi Bratcher
George Potter
Owen Marshall
Kristen Smith
Keri Kelley
Jenny Koehnen
Nicole Beal
Rachel Knudsen
Natalie Dickey
Angie Haubrich
Jeremy Lamb
Elizabeth Waterman
Heather Wilson
Karla Wasielewski


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