Influence

I’m revisiting old posts to put them in the right category. Would you be surprised to know I enjoy reading my writing? No, probably not, you like most of your too, hum? This one’s from December 10 , 2012.

Taking My Inventory

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer

It’s easy to pick another person apart. Just look at their outward appearance, the way of their speech, their occupation, their education, their place of origin, their spiritual background. Don’t keep your judgements to yourself spread it around so others can have the benefit of your profound ability to spot defects.

The more difficult task is to take an inventory of your character flaws. Gulp! To soften the blow, list your sterling qualities as well. What’ s the purpose of this drill? Make your list, present it to your God and ask Him to take the flaws and make them useful. Flaws like fear, envy, jealousy, anger, implacability, and gossip are a few to consider if you need some clues to get you started. As in, “God here is my _______,” and leave it there with him, don’t take it back. If it begins to wiggle back into your mind, give it back as many times as needed. Don’t obsess about something that you have no power over. Concentrate on using those qualities that enrich the lives of others and soon you’ll find you don’t have time to find fault in others.

The only person you are responsible for is yourself. Don’t comment on the tiny speck in your friends character when you have a dirty 2 by 4 sticking out of yours. Soon you’ll be winning friends and influencing others.

6 thoughts on “Influence

  1. This is a great post Meredith and one I must do daily although I do hope God has a great sense of humour as my lists keep saying the same thing, kathy lacks discipline , but I do keep trying and I found a great quote that gives me hope “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, (attributed) , Just love your posts and always find inspiration in them .

    Kind regards Kathy.

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