Five Minute Friday: Influence

Joining the Five Minute Friday writing prompt challenge as part of my goal to write and publish once a week in 2019.  Find out more here.

Influence – it could be used for good or ill.  Mine or another’s.  But in general, when I think of the influence others have had on me, it is generally for the good.  I have been blessed with many mentors along my journey.  It is true what they say – when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  That has been pretty true throughout my life.  And it certainly has made all the difference — without them, I would not have been able to navigate the murky waters of  a dysfunctional family system as well as I have.

And mentors continue to pop up along the way, because I am always learning new things about myself and the world around me.

But what of my influence on others?  For surely, as we receive, we should give back.  I suppose it could be through my writing and social media posting.  I have no way to measure the influence I have on others – tangibly – unless they tell me.  Which then makes me wonder whether any of my mentors know how much they have influenced me?  How much they saved my sanity – both as a child, a teenager, and an adult?  I’m sure I’ve said it many times to some of them – words of affirmation is one of my spoken love languages.

Still, it would be good to write to them and let them know.


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