A good resource or a bad influence
As I continue to grow in age and awareness I find myself contemplating more on my presence in the lives of those around me as well as vice versa. I always say, “If you’re not adding to the situation, you’re taking away. I interpret this as meaning; if you cannot add positivity in any form then you should respectfully decline any interference.
This stirred up my thinking of a good resource or a bad influence.
A resource is defined as an element of value in any capacity that can be used by a person or entity to enhance their function (paraphrased). Whereas the meaning of influence is the capacity to affect the character, development or behavior on someone or something (paraphrased).
So I started to review if I was a good resource or a bad influence to those around me. I started to see how powerful my words could be at times but even more so my body language. Something I need to be more mindful of going forward. I also saw how I was able to create calm, clarity and support in times of need. As well as take leave when I didn’t feel I could be useful to a situation.
Then I started to review if people in my life were good resources or bad influences. There are several that always know what to say and for that I am eternally grateful. But then there were a few who created more chaos than calm. It made for an interesting time. In the end, I realized we are very much our environment whether we realize or want to admit it.
So I ask YOU, are you a good resource or a bad influence to people in your life. Also, how are the people in your life to you?