Interesting isn't it the differing perspectives on the current Miliband furore? There seems to be a general concern Ralph Miliband's view will have influenced his son's perspective on the world. Rather than "did he, didn't he?" I would say it's almost certainly the case - how could he not! How can we not influence those around us?
How have you influenced people already today? Not just those who you care for or work closely with but those you pass in the street, the person you have just phoned to sort out something with your bank or latest IT purchase, or the shop you just bought your coffee or lunch in. Do you know?
Who has influenced you? Who and what sparked that thought, question, consideration, insight, happiness, sadness, uncertainty, admiration, doubt? Some big thing and intense conversation, maybe, or just maybe the tone of voice the person used, how they looked you in the eye when they spoke to you, the way they shared their feelings about the weather. Alternatively, how were you influenced by the driver in a rush who cut you up, the person who didn't bother to look up to serve you, who looked so cross?
How do you want use your natural, and fundamental power to be influential on everyone you come into contact with today?
Yes, we are inspired by people who have a special place in our lives, they contribute to who we become, but they are not who we are. We are individuals and just what makes us who we are is complex, simple and ever changing as we are influenced by EVERYONE who touches our lives.
Be influenced and be influential - enjoy!
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