By far this is one of my favorite quotes from an amazing author and leader in the 20th century. It succinctly describes my mantra for life, my love for people and animals and my desire to leave a positive impact on the world. So many famous and infamous words have been spoken over the decades, and so many things have been done both to me and for me. I’ve experienced and seen for myself both the good and bad in people and found my home and passion in caring for those without a voice. But I know that someday I too will pass on leaving behind all of my worldly possessions behind soon to be forgotten. I understand that while many people may know the word Doobert and may use the software today to power their passion for animals, it too will eventually become obsolete and forgotten as the world progresses in my absence. I have been fortunate to have connected with many amazing animal rescuers over the years either through helping them with Doobert related things, or through the Professionals in Animal Rescue Podcast that I do every week for the Animal Rescue Professionals Association. I strive to meet every person I encounter with positive energy and appreciation because I know how hard they work, how frustrating it can be when things don’t work right and how unappreciated they often are as they go about their daily lives. My hope is that they can see me for who I am and what I am capable of, and for what my vision is for helping animals through technology and education. What is your goal for how people will remember you after you have gone away? When people hear of your passing will they remember you for the amazing feats that you performed and events that you led, or maybe for the inspiring words that you imparted on them during your encounters? Or, will they remember you for the way that you bolstered their confidence in themselves, how you inspired them to do more, how you made them feel appreciated, loved and welcomed in your community, and how conversations with you left them with positivity and the desire to pay-it-forward with more positivity in the world? I am not perfect and like many others I have good days and bad days. But my goal is to have a positive influence on every person I meet. I hope that they remember me for how I made them feel and that they use that feeling to bring more good to the world in whatever way that inspires them.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou