Stephanie Powel is a Quicken Loans Web Banker Intern. And a great writer!
In 2005 I spent countless hours promoting women’s heart health. Nearly 2,000 pins were passed out, hundreds of thousands of people heard about the importance of heart health through presentations, airwaves, and the Miss Michigan Organization. I won tons of awards and learned a lot because I loved what I was doing. So clearly, promoting women’s heart health impacted my life and career. I always wondered if the message truly had an impact on others, which was the point. Things came full circle one fall morning on an elevator.
I stepped into an elevator at University of Michigan-Flint with a woman who was wearing a red dress pin. Curiosity got the best of me because I had passed out these very pins a year or so ago. Ignoring elevator etiquette (which everyone should ignore anyway), I scooted a little closer and said, “I just have to ask, where did you get your red dress pin?” She told me it had been given to her at an event on campus a year and a half ago, by a woman who was competing for Miss Michigan at the time. She went on to say that she wore the pin as a reminder to stay healthy, eat right, know her numbers and encourage others to be heart healthy.
“Wow”, I thought, “That was a lot to remember a year and a half later.” She had repeated exactly what I asked those who took pins to repeat, when asked about the significance of the pin. This meant more to me than any award ever could! Once we reached our destined floors we went our separate ways. I couldn’t help but smile, little did she suspect, the woman who gave her the pin was me.
Everyday, we have the opportunity to make a difference, whether we realize we are making an impact or not. Our attempts are never lost because we never know where or when our words will affect someone else’s life.
An entire community helped me realize what it took to make a difference. I found humility in the support of a community and strength knowing I did nothing on my own. We are all connected.