I was arguing with my father today about life and what I wanted to do in my life, and I was going on about managing a chain of refuges to help people from abusive situations/run aways/homeless and I didn’t think anything I was saying was even registering with him. He was blabbing about money and corruption and the "conspiracy", so I was quite shocked and thrilled when he told me that the $5.00 bill that he had originally given me for subway tickets (but I didn’t need since he drove me all the way) that I gave back to him, he spent it on some person who he found rummaging in the garbage for food at McDonalds. He bought the man a 2 burgers and a fries. He said what I had talked about earlier had inspired him. And here I’d thought that he was scoffing at everything I was saying! Goes to show you really never know, just be yourself and you inspire others!
That’s really cool (: I was talking to my friend on the bus yesterday about ethics and we were discussing ‘selling ideas’ (i.e. is it right to ‘sugar-coat’ ideas or change how we tell them for certain people) and he concluded that it would probably be better to just be sincere in what you believe in. I think it was best that you were clear about your ideas to your dad and in the end it really did make him think :3
Anyway I find your post inspiring. So it turns out it really is best to just speak your mind sometimes :D
I inspired my dad to write music. Now he’s written a couple of really nice songs and plays in a band. He enjoys it. And I inspired my mother to cook healthier food, she’s lost some weight and looks more alive.
I’ve inspired my friends a bit too, with various things. I really like it.
And of course there’s the passive negative inspiration I had on my little brother while growing up. I feel really bad about that, but I’m working on changing it for the better.
It’s things like this that remind me that however little we think of ourselves or how little we think that people listen to us, they are listening, and they are seeing us. We never know when the people around us are paying attention, and this has encouraged me to remember to be conscious of how I talk to and act around people.
One day about four years ago, I was out with friends and we were walking down the street after seeing a movie and I noticed that I saw one friend in particular was wearing contacts instead of her usual glasses. I had never seen her without her glasses before and she had really big brown eyes and I mentioned to her that I had not seen her without glasses and she looks really pretty without them, just in conversation. She said thanks, and we continued talking, so I didn’t really think anything of it, but I realized about a year or so later that I never saw her wearing glasses again after that. In fact, I still haven’t seen her with glasses on…