Influence is a subtle and yet powerful characteristic that flows from each of us. Each of us has the capacity to influence what is occurring around us for the better. A powerful way to shape our day-to-day experiences is to always speak well of others and to expect the same from those with whom we interact. Imagine the safe place we create when we focus on what is good. All people are free to be their authentic selves. Individuals, families and groups develop habits of being. Developing a personal habit of always speaking well of others and influencing others to do the same is a powerful way to make a difference.
In the Bible we read the story of Jesus interrupting a crowd who were about to stone a woman. He simply said, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. No one was able to throw a rock. Jesus creates a safe place for us all. We are encouraged to spread that safety to others through recognising the mutuality of our shortcomings and celebrating the strengths and capacities in others and ourselves. Good words create a ripple of possibility.