It’s been awhile, readers. 2017 has been a wonderful, crazy, fun, mess so far…
I’ve been working on my novel these past few months and it brought some ideas to my attention. First of all: inspiration. What inspires me as a human being and as a writer? What causes my heart to skip a beat because of happiness? Or what is it that makes the tears stream from my eyes? What is it that inspires me?
Inspiration comes from many avenues. It can be a warm, sunny spring day or a wet and drowsy winter one. It can be a certain place that makes us feel enchanted, or it can be a person who has captivated our attention and our imagination. This thing called inspiration is the cornerstone of our stories. However, it is not the backbone.
The backbone of our life story is: influence. Influence is one of the most powerful tools that mankind possesses. Why? We live and thrive from the things that influence us. Think about it: you have the power to shape and mold a human mind through your actions. What do people see when they look at you? Or rather, who do they see? You have the power to change lives; will you?
The funny thing about influence is that it goes both ways. You can negatively influence someone… This is why we must be so careful of our lifestyle. There are always those who are watching your life and looking to you. Sometimes, people base their personality off of your lifestyle… This can be done consciously or subconsciously; however, the fact remains, it does happen this way.
We never know when we are affecting a life. That person standing next to you, you pass them everyday… Today he could be wearing a suit. Not because he wants to impress, but because he has just been to the funeral of a young student. Our words have the power to speak life and death. What will you say to the person who has just been through the heartbreak of loosing someone? As we live, we must remember that people are indeed looking to us. Live your life in such a way that people will look to you for positive influence.