The Power Of Our Daily Choices Revealed

But only in glimpses

6 min readApr 17

Hot pink orchids on the left, with the book Le Petit Prince in the center and a small bottle of pillow spray next to the book. All on a cream background.
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Ever meet someone that had a profound impact on you and then before you could tell them or before you realized their impact, poof, they were out of your life?

This was a topic that became the focus of one of our upcoming podcast episodes. Since it won’t be out for a couple of months, I thought it would be a good blog topic today.

When I post a new blog or a new episode of our podcast is released, I find myself a little let down at the number of blog or podcast engagements. I am sure my lack of marketing skills is a strong contributor to the data. No matter, I also have to remind myself, what I see isn’t the whole picture, as complex algorithms determine whether or not they will count it as a read or listen. Every once in a while, I am validated, when someone reaches out to me and tells me how something they read or listen to resonated with them.

I was working with my amazing web designer, Kate and we were talking about the rapid onset of AI. I told her the college my husband teaches at has an AI detector, but I couldn’t understand how they could pick up whether it was AI. I am not tech-savvy enough to understand everything she said, but AI can essentially leave a fingerprint.

In real life, we don’t have a set of data to look at and see how effective (or not) we are. Oftentimes, we do not get to see our influence. However, in every interaction we have, no matter how brief or long the engagement, we leave our print.

Maya Angelou once said

You may not remember what a person said to you, you may not remember what a person did to you, but you will never forget how a person made you feel.

If we flipped that perspective…

You may not remember what you said to someone, you may not remember what you did to a person, and you may never know how you made them feel.

However, we must all understand, positive or negative, we do leave an impression. That can be comforting or worrisome.

My high school English teacher, Mr. Schomburg, seemed a simple small-town teacher but internally was a complex network of deep thoughts, ideas, and philosophies. A lot of us had an annoyance-love…


Hi! I am a Veteran, Mom, nurse, writer, educator, blogger, and podcaster. Here to share issues impacting military transition. (Which impacts civilians too.)