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…when I used to work at school, that no one thought would make it.

He was under-motivated, under-parented, under-encouraged, and under- interested.

He used to say in school, that I was the only teacher who made sense to him.  He told me he felt like I was the only one who gave him any credit.  No one, and I mean no one thought he’d amount to much.

He’s only 24, and time will tell.

But, I ran into him on Thursday, and I was impressed.

Yes, he’s had a run in with the law, he has a record, he’s had some “distractions”, but he’s working his way out of it, and he’s working hard.

He’s been clean and sober for four years.

That’s more than I can say for a few people I know.

He’s rid himself of some influences.

He’s started his own business since no one would hire him.

And he works as much as he can.

I saw his ad for his lawn service business on the internet.

It was timely.

We had a storm on Sunday, and a huge pile of tree limbs fell into a huge spot in my huge back yard.

My yard guy wanted a fortune to get them out of there.

I was sure I couldn’t do it by myself.

So I called him.

After working all day, he came over, gave it a look, and said, “For you, Mr. B, fifty bucks.”

Seeing him working, not just on the mess, but seeing him working on his life, when even I thought back then…this kid is hopeless…revived my hope in him.

This is not much of a post, it’s not funny, but I felt I had to say it.

You never know what your impact on people might be.

That lesson alone was worth the fifty bucks.

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