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When I initially signed up for this Friday Fun week I had something entirely different in mind and had already drafted the intended article. However, due to a recent event, my mind took me to something entirely different and inarguably more important than my original idea. My hope is that my post does not take the fun out of our Friday Fun but rather encourages you to pause from your busy day and allow yourself a thoughtful moment that ultimately brings a smile to your face.
We all have been influenced by many events and people. Most often we are who we are largely as a result of key individuals or events in our lives. Certainly this is the case for me. In the last couple of weeks I have taken the time to reflect on my past and I can clearly identify, family members, career choices, friends and colleagues that have shaped who I am in a positive way. Our morals, integrity, empathy, sense of humor, interests, career, and yes sense of community are largely shaped by our life's influencers. Granted, we likely have had negative influencers but let's focus on the positive here, after all this is Friday Fun. 🙂
On this Friday Fun challenge take a moment for reflection. Clear your mind of the less important things that define your day and occupy your mind. Then considering your life influencers share with the Community and more importantly, if possible, take a moment to reach out to the individual to say thank you.
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While I have had many positive influencers in my life the one person that is front and center for me of late is my mom. She has always had a great sense of humor. She is a very independent and well grounded woman. She is understanding, a great listener, and thoughtful in her guidance. She mirrors much of what we try to create in the human components of our Community.
While I regretfully lost my mom recently, I am so very thankful and happy for the time we had together. We always stay connected with weekly if not more frequent phone calls. We take time to discuss the family, current events or have a good laugh. You may note that I speak of her in the present not the past. This is because she is still with me and will continue to be so as long as I take the time for thoughtful reflection.
If you are so inclined please share with the rest of the community someone that has or continues to shape who you are in a positive way. No need for names or personal information here.