Monkey See, Monkey Do?

It’s Gratituesday ! Today I’m thankful for people who are examples to me. I’m sure they don’t know that’s what they’re doing, but something they do or say or simply who they are acts as a catalyst for me.

When I grow up I want to become like many of these people.

Energizer Bunny

Energizer Bunny (Photo credit: Jeremy Vandel)

One woman I know and want to emulate has the energy level of a pair of two-year olds on caffeine. She just goes and goes and goes. Unstoppable and happy about it, she puts out this vibe that makes people around her feel energized. How she does this remains a mystery. If I could figure out how to do that I’m sure my life would be drastically better.

Unflustered and calm describes another acquaintance of mine. A twinkle resides in her eyes and a bear hug seems to emanate from her. Being in her presence feels like comfort food for the soul. Even when I was a young teenager I wanted to cultivate the qualities I saw in her.

Another woman I know can love unconditionally. No reservations get in the way of her generous nature and bottomless willingness to give. She’s open and willing to share however and when she can.

A negative or sarcastic thought never crosses the mind of one friend I know. He isn’t naïve, no way, but there’s this purity of vision in how he sees people and the world. He sees the best in others and anticipates success. Discouragement rarely if ever crosses his path.

Open, direct and honest almost to a fault, another acquaintance has taught me to open my mouth more often. Attempting communication with people seems risky but she throws caution out the window and talks anyway. No topic is forbidden. Better to try than to hover in a corner feeling lonely or misunderstood. Gutsy!

Puzzle piece

Honestly, I think I learn a bit of something copy worthy from almost everyone I know. From the person who is quick to smile to the tender-hearted quick to cry, from the chatty to the nearly silent, I see qualities to emulate in them all.

It’s more than nice to have so many role models for different aspects of my life. How else will I figure out this becoming a good human thing. The examples of so many continue to help me figure out who I am and how I fit into life’s puzzle.

If I know you personally, thank YOU for the example you set for me. The bar I’m reaching for hangs pretty high!

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