It is interesting, the tidbits of information you find out about your parents when they move close to you as they get older. I went to visit my parents this morning and came home with a briefcase full of reading materials my Dad has saved over the years. The materials in the briefcase were items from the last 3 decades. He told me to take it home… “there might be inspirations for your writing”. Knowing my Dad, I knew there is some good “stuff” to share.
Typical to my personality, I had to first sort through the materials. I gathered items based on topic and then had to put everything in order by month and year.
NOTE: Those who know me would say “well, of course, that was your first step.”
Anyway, after sorting, I skimmed through the items. Yep, some good stuff for sure!
The most interesting aspect as I skimmed the items was that there were several places Dad marked with arrows or starred or used a paper clip. He also makes notes on the back cover with a page number and someone’s name who he feels would benefit from the passage or story. This is what my Dad has always done to keep track of the most meaningful passages. I believe it is also his way of creating teachable moments…as I look through the materials now I recall many times over the years that Dad has taught me lessons of life, common sense, and responsibility from what he’s read. I now see his intent was to help me become the best I could be and to do good for others. He is showing me how to “Let My Life Sing.”
Below, I share some of the items I pulled from the briefcase today. These items support the idea of seeing the big picture, thinking about the future, and how to succeed in life. While keeping the big picture in mind, the story told by these snippets also share the idea of learning from mistakes/failures, live for today, and hold the course to future dreams.
Blooms to Blossoms
Wrapping Up & Looking Forward
Live to Influence Others is chapter 4 in Lessons My Father Taught Me (2016) by Michael Reagan. Reagan states, “influence is something that you understand and appreciate better after you gain life experience, wisdom, and perspective.” I believe we can all agree that life experience, wisdom, and perspective allow us to see the value in the thoughts of those influential in our lives. Reagan went on the name key aspects of an “influencer” and these all are characteristics that could describe my Dad. An influencer in your life…
**makes an investment of time to help and teach others
**provides direct and indirect guidance
**knows his audience
**knows what he believes in and why he believes it
**uses the events of the day as object lessons
**looks for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others
**is a storyteller
Who have been/are influencers in your life? Do the characteristics listed above apply?
Who are you hoping to influence? Do the characteristics listed above apply?