I had to leave home when I was 15 for a period of time and I stayed at some friends house. They had a farm and it was there that I bought my first truck. The day before I was leaving I was out at the pond with a 30lb bow and some arrows and I had a little friend there with me. He was approximately 10 years old. A snake was swimming across the pond and as it was reaching the bank on the other side, I let loose an arrow. The snake disappeared. we ran to retrieve the arrow that was stuck in the mud and water when to my surprise, as I pulled it out, I found the snake with the arrow in the back of its head. I didn't think much of it and because it was time for me to go, I turned and asked the boy if he wanted the bow and arrows. He said yes, so I gave them to him and left. Years later, I was in Canton City at the largest flea market I had ever seen, and a friend told me that that boy ( now grown up and married ) lived up on the edge of this place, so I went to see him. After the greetings, he asked me to wait for a minute while he went to get something, so I did. He brings in this 30lb bow and asked if I remembered it. Well at the time I did not and that's when he reminded me of what I did at the pond. Then he says wait a minute, and again and disappears only to return with a compound bow and some arrows which were stuck inside of each other. He told me that from that day at the pond, he had practiced until he was a master archer. I had been his influence. ( TO ME ) , it was nothing. But to him, it was inspirational. We must be careful of our actions with others for in sharing them we influence others even if we are unaware.
Wow...well put. Yeah its odd how the slightest little things can rub-off. I mean when you have kids, its a whole different ball game. For example, when I met my fiance at 25, we started dating and then she introduced me to her kid. Of course at the time, I was still sort of a potty mouth but not around children; every blue moon a word would slip out but that was because...I don't know. lol She's quiet and her and I would be talking or joking around and all a sudden shit just comes out. =/ Of course I've become 3x's better then when she meet me...I every now and then I may forget and you'll hear what was a curse word turn into what sounds like a 18 wheeler crashing on the freeway, Dean: Aw fucgegegshezwiz cheese whiz? =/ lol but she likes me a lot and I know I have some influence on her but I don't know how much. So I have watch what I do and say.
It's amazing how the right person can turn a persons whole life around when you find them and how the wrong person ( though they seemed so right at the time ) can literally make your life a living HELL. My Prayer.... Lord I know I messed up my bed and the saying goes that if I messed up my bed that I must lie on it, But I pray LET ME MAKE MY BED OVER AGAIN. if that makes any sense , LOL