A Place Called “There” Associate and Open

Posted: January 27, 2011 in A Place Called "There"

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ” I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Ann Radmacher

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

Associate with people who inspire me – i have noticed when i associate with someone long enough, their habits and ways of thinking start to rub off on me. That’s because states of mind are contagious; they are transmittable from one mind to another. If i hang around someone who thinks little of themselves and has self-destructive habits, i’ll eventually show signs of being influenced by them. A perfect example of this is when i was a teenager. I hung around with a group of kids that i did not fit in with. i was not a prankster and did not live life on the wild side. One Halloween i decided to go out with them. No costumes were involved it was a night for pulling off pranks. I had become part of the group… so i thought. My prank was to tie a string across a road. Not much problem there, but what i also had to do was tie a frog by its leg from the string. Still not so bad, unless the frog is window high and is directly in line with a car’s windshield. Yes the car came, yes the frog was hit and yes shortly after i found myself running like crazy because the police were looking for whom had done it. This was not me. At least until my desire to be accepted became greater than my values and that put me in the place of doing what i thought would get me accepted. Mind you it was not their fault. They were being who they were at that time and i willingly joined in. If i hang around those who are confident and aim high in life, the same subsequent effect will occur. It’s been said that if you want to be an eagle then hang around eagles, not turkeys. This is why i like to be around people who speak and act on the word. They stir up my spirit to be more in tune with the word and that causes my actions to change accordingly.

Have an open mind – When someone closes their mind to something, they will cease to learn and grow in that area. All because someone doesn’t agree with something doesn’t mean they should be completely ignorant about it. i have several people around me that cause me to have an open mind. We do not always agree about things but we respect each other enough to challenge each others beliefs and actions. Yet while keeping an open mind i am careful to discern for well dressed lies. If i choose to be more receptive to ideas that i am not used to, i may have more opportunities to  look at a different perspective that could prove beneficial. Again an open mind does not mean that i will listen to just anyone. The association with a close dozen or so is where this works for me.

i close with this thought, “Character is so largely affected by association, that i cannot afford to be indifferent as to who or what my friends are.”

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  1. ann marie says:

    GREAT POST AND TIMELY FOR ME. BEING WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT WHAT THEY R DOING AND BUILDING THERE FINANCIAL FUTURE IN THE WORST OF ECONOMIC CONDITIONS WE’VE SEEN IN YEARS JUST REMINDS ME THAT IT IS YOUR BELEIF SYSTEM NOT THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. WHO BETTER THAN GOD’S CHILDREN (WHO SHOULD KNOW GOD IS FOR US) SHOULD BE LEADING THE WAY WITH WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND HOPE IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS. BEING WITH PEOPLE THAT HAVE VISION AND DREAMS WILL CAUSE YOU TO DREAM BIGGER. FLY WITH EAGLES OR STAY GROUNDED AND GOBBLE WITH THE TURKEYS. BUT IF YOU STAY GROUNDED REMEMBER THE WORLD IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THEIR NEXT THANKSGIVING DINNER!

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