I recently saw the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. A lovely movie about Mr. Rogers and a magazine writer. (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) In that movie was a scene where Tom Hanks, who plays Mr. Rogers, is reading a list of names from a book. At the end of the list he says “thank you, God.” The movie is wonderful, but this scene really stuck with me.
The culmination of our experiences is what makes us, us. We’ve all heard this. I’ve heard it so many times that it didn’t make an impact on me any more. That is, until I started thinking back to all of the people that shaped me into who I am today.
There are those in the past that have done us wrong, hurt us. We all have these people in our lives. It hurt and at the time it was an awful thing to go through. But that experience, like all the others in our lives, have shaped us to be who we are.
So the next time you look back at the people in your life, those that hurt you, those that did you wrong, thank them. Thank them and thank God for bringing those people into your life. Because these people had a hand in shaping you into the incredible human being that you are today.
Just a partial list:
Denise, David D., Bruce, Roy, Mom, Lloyd, Bert, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Bruin, Carlos, Teresa, Diana, Nancy, Bobby, Norman, David C., John, Johnny, Cara, Gill, Heather, Chad, Sandy, Dave M., Robert, Ron, Bruce W., Frenchy, Diane, Ruby, Geno, Monk, Barbie, Ron, Bret, Tracy, Chuck, Audrey, Janette, Carlos, Bobby…
Thank you, God, for bringing these people into my life.
Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson
10 thoughts on “Those That Shaped Me”
I saw that movie and loved it, too. Thank you, God, for bringing you, Penny, into my life. For your uplifting words, your positive attitude, the essence of you that is lovely in every way.
Oh, Audrey… You make me teary-eyed with your kind words! ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm so glad that I have been blessed to have you as a part of my life. I hope you and Randy are doing well and staying safe. Big hugs, Sweet Lady!
Hi Penny, I have often reflected on this particular idea and I believe that it is a mixture of our genetic programming i.e. our inborn qualities as people, our backgrounds and family influences and life experiences that shape us into who we are. People with different natures and backgrounds react differently to similar situations and experiences. These are just my thoughts, of course.
I agree with you Robbie. There is much more to what makes us, us than just the people in our lives. Thanks for visiting, Robbie! ❤
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Wow! What a great post, Penny! Thanks for sharing this with us, My Dear!
URJW2S2M! An honor!!😍
Thank you, Dear Friend! ❤
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Thank you for sharing, Chuck! ❤
Very good Penny and you’re right. The problem is that my list would be too long and it includes just about all of Margate New Jersey.
I understand that. That’s why I went with just a partial list here. Thanks for the visit, Mike. ❤
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