“When you love people and have the desire to make a profound, positive impact upon the world, then will you have accomplished the meaning to live.” ~ Sasha Azevedo
How do our actions (or inactions) affect other people? Sometimes we know right away. Sometimes we never know. The thing is, though, that we never know when our actions might affect someone in ways we never realize.
Life is full of opportunities to be a positive influence on others. Or a negative influence on others. We have the choice. And what we do or don’t do can be the difference between someone else soaring to new heights or floundering where they are.
When I began writing here, I was writing mostly for me. At first there were very few visitors. That’s probably common. In a sea of blogs, mine was another one amongst many. I had no established posting pattern. I was new. I was still learning (I still am).
Then one day I stumbled upon a site that had many answers to some of the questions I had in this new world I’d entered. A site that seemed to genuinely care for it’s visitors, and it’s visitors for the site. I had happened upon Barbara over at Blogging Without A Blog. Barbara had a strong community of supporters, and people who genuinely wanted to help others to succeed. What a great place to visit!
One of the features on Barbara’s website is something she calls “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW). She picks a new blog each week (one that has not been around very long, less that four months I believe) and highlights it on her site for the week. And, although Barbara had already made an impact on me just from the reading I was doing at her site, through her generous heart, she asked me to be highlighted on her site as NBOTW in early July. And, this is where her impact had a very profound and positive affect on me. She offered me her world, and in turn, I was able to introduce my blog to a group of very community-oriented people. A group of people that could help to give my writing more meaning. This moment became the one where I was able to take my writing to the next level. A chance to really share with others. A defining moment in my writing.
And, she does this every week, choosing a blog that is new and still getting established, that she sees potential with, and gives them a chance to soar. For Barbara, it’s about helping others succeed. In a world where we’re plastered with messages about “me, me, me”, Barbara shows us that to make a real difference, it’s about “you, you, you”. About helping others. About being a positive influence.
Thank you, Barbara, for giving me wings!
We all have the opportunity to affect others in profound ways. Every day. What are you doing today that is having a positive affect on others? What can you do to be a light for someone else? The opportunity is always there…