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Influence

4/12/08 in Locker Room   |   Raven73   |   103 respect

The definition of Influence from the American Heritage College Dictionary (4th Edition) is “A power affecting a person, thing or course of events, esp. without direct or apparent effort.” Or “Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability or position.”
At one time or another, something or someone has been an influence on us all. Our immediate family was most likely the first highly influential people in our lives. Then we were turned over to the school system. Principals, teachers and classmates certainly affected us if for no other reason than we spent the majority of our waking hours with them. Friends and foes have made their significant mark in our hearts and minds. Even strangers, people we have never met, have moved us to do things we may not have due to their influence.
We as humans cannot escape the influences of the media. We see and hear things on a daily basis that forces us to decide one way or another. There is right and wrong, good and bad, peace and turmoil, tranquility and uproar. Those are just a few of the examples of options that we are bombarded with everyday.
Of course, it’s a personal choice how we allow different things to influence us. We cheer when our driver does well on the track. We vehemently oppose the drivers who do any perceived wrong to our man. We strongly voice our opinions hoping to be heard. We spend our money to buy NASCAR merchandise to wear so others will know whom we root for. The list is endless but the point is NASCAR is an influential force that cannot be ignored. In fact, some of us define ourselves by the who’s, what’s, where’s, whys and how’s of the NASCAR adventures we have experienced.
In the same way there are people who cross our path who influence us. Some people, without effort, will have a tremendous positive authority. That example would fit the first definition of influence as stated above. On the other hand, some people will attempt to persuade others by promoting themselves over others. It’s always our choice if and how we will be persuaded to act. Never forget we directly influence someone every single day of our lives. Again, it is our choice exactly what type of influence we will be.

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6/1/08   |   Raven73   |   103 respect

I value others opinions more now than ever. So much I continue to learn and absorb. No regrets but sometimes I wish I knew then what I know now about valuing others and different points of views. I know man kind has a lot to offer even if I don't always agree with them. I had tunnel vision until I realized that I was miserable with only me for company.

You made me laugh when you said "shot my mouth off..." Only because I truly relate!

6/1/08   |   SOS

There was 1 particular sentence that rang out a lot in me. That was about stating opinions. I am sorry as I feel that there are 2 things I have never been asked for twice. To come to eat and for an opinion. As I have read the blog about being a know it all I think back to times I have shot my mouth off.Once again I sit in class with the dunce hat . Keep the lessons amd well creative ideas comming