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Do You Influence?

Sometimes it’s fun to take a step back and look at the world. How do things happen? What caused the result that I’m seeing right now?

The world keeps spinning and we keep changing and learning and changing some more. We encounter problems and react, and those reactions can set off a whole new set of causes for another reaction.

Causes and reactions causing more causes and reactions happen countless times per day. Over and over and over.

But if we thought just a little more about how we react, if we took just a little more time, if we considered the outcome, would the world change?

I like to think so. I like to think that we humans are social creatures. When I watch a touching commercial, I can tear up. (Yes, I’m that person. I hide it well, but now you know my secret. Don’t tell anyone.)

We all care about each other – even the stranger nearby. If that person started choking, wouldn’t you do your best to come to their aid? You couldn’t stand by and watch him or her die.

There are times when it’s a similar, albeit much less dramatic result. The other day I was trying to cross a street that was under construction, and the resulting traffic made it nearly impossible. Someone stopped for me and held up traffic so that I could cross. And that made me so happy. That made me so happy that I spread happiness throughout my destination. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. And I found that people all around me were smiling too.

Learning how to face challenges and how to react to challenges could be essential to improving the world around you. If you manage people; if you are a parent; if you are a student; If you are a worker, how you react can change someone else’s reality and cause them to behave in a different way. And that behavior could influence someone else, causing them to behave in a different way.

So, you do influence others. You are someone who can set an example. You are someone who can brighten someone’s day and make this world a better place. It’s a big responsibility. I hope I remember as I go throughout my day, and I hope you do too!

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