This past week I received a random Facebook message. It was from an athlete I had coached in soccer who had been given an assignment to write a note to someone who had influenced him. He chose me. The only problem, he didn’t know my mailing address and wanted to send the note my way.
The point of this blog is in no way to gloat about a note that was written. When I first read the message my immediate thought was, “I would have never predicted that.” I stepped away having been reminded of the fact that you never know who is watching and who is listening to you. In the time spent coaching this individual, I cannot recall too many times in which we had a one-on-one conversation. I’m sure there were times we conversed on the field about positioning, skill, tactics, etc. I’m sure there were moments where I was addressing the group of people he was hanging out with. But as far as a serious and/or in-depth conversation, I cannot recall too many, if any. Had you told me someone from that year’s team was going to write a note, he honestly would have been near the end of the list of those I would expect. Yet, he did. Something that was said or done along the way made an impact. It was not something drastic and something I walked away saying, “Yes. That was a golden moment of influence!”
As I spend some time reflecting on this, I want to throw out the same challenging conclusion I came to; you never know who is watching and who is listening to you. And, you never know what kind of an impact that is going to have on someone. You never know.