A Handprint on my Heart

I firmly believe that God places people in our lives who help us to grow and learn. We may help them as well, but they are definitely there by design. The older I get, the more I can look back and in hindsight, understand why certain people were in my life at different times.

I also believe there are people in our lives who simply love us. That is their role. If you think about your own life, how many people have given you complete, unconditional love? I can name those in my own life on just one hand and I don’t think I’m all that unusual.

The first time I heard the song, “For Good” from the Broadway musical, Wicked, it took my breath away. Not just because of the amazing voices of Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, but because of the lyrics of the song. (Yes, I was fortunate enough to hear that song for the first time in NYC on Broadway and it was sung by the two incredible original stars of the show.)

Do you know the song? I’ve copied the lyrics below. “For Good” expresses many of the things that I’ve always believed about the people in my own life. Certain people change us by what they teach us or by the example they set. Perhaps we see the mistakes they have made and we don’t want to follow that same path. Sometimes people change us because they inspire us to do better in our lives.

Other people help us to look at life from a totally different perspective because theirs is so different from our own. They teach us that one can approach a problem or a situation from a different direction and still reach the same goal or end result. Or perhaps, they simply help us to see a more complete view or consider other possibilities.

The people from my life whom I treasure the most, are the ones who have helped me along the way by setting an example of love and kindness toward others. I’ve always been drawn to people who have a joyful demeaner. Their influence is something I carry with me.
Some of them are gone now, but like it says in the song, they have left a “handprint on my heart.”

Who has left a handprint on your heart?

 

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Lyrics to “For Good”:
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend…
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
Because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for
But then, I guess we know
There’s blame to share
And none of it seems to matter anymore
Like a comet pulled from
Orbit/as it passes a sun/
Like a stream that meets a
Boulder/ half-way
Through the wood
Like a ship blown off its
Mooring/by a wind off the
Sea/ like a seed dropped by a
Bird in
The wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better
And because I knew you
Because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good
Songwriter: STEPHEN LAWRENCE SCHWARTZ

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