Who have I influenced in my life? Who do I influence now? Who influences me? And who has influenced me in the past, who has helped make me the person I am today? And, perhaps more importantly, whose influence have I managed to avoid or leave behind? That last question is a post or three in itself, and probably a great deal of therapy too, but we'll move on.
I recently tried out Klout to see what my score was (47 since you ask) and how far my influence might extend, or not, online. This was a somewhat bizarre experience as it seems more important initially how you rate yourself, rather than how anyone else rates you. But perhaps that's a metaphor for life? Maybe I should be more concerned with what I think of myself than what others think of me! Thankfully some other people have since upped my score for me so I now feel validated. ;o)
My influence over/towards (which of those is correct when practicing conscious attachment parenting?!) my children is obvious, and I even manage to influence my husband sometimes, although not nearly as much as some people assume! But, I wondered, who else do I influence?
I was very flattered last week to be told by my best friend that she wouldn't have been able to carry on breastfeeding her second child if I hadn't been at the end of the phone to support her. Being a great advocate of breastfeeding I am well aware of the effectiveness of peer support in ensuring mothers continue breastfeeding, but I hadn't realised I was actually doing it!
So, who influences you, and who do you influence? Is it conscious or subliminal?
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