Whether it’s a person, book, blog, or whatever it might be, everyone has some kind of influence in their lives. According to an online dictionary, influence is the capacity or power of persons to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior and opinions of others. Moreover, an influence can drive someone to make themselves better, or send them in the wrong direction. And just like anyone else, I have had many influences in my life, some good, some bad, and they all cross my mind whenever I have to make a big decision. As of the moment, over all the ones that do come across my mind, the books I have read impact my decision the most.
I have been reading inspirational and spiritual books for almost 4 years now. They have always taught me to be who I am and not to pretend to be someone I am not. A Book told me that I should not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Then I will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will, coming from Romans 12:2. It leads me to the idea of me being so unique, and that I should not be afraid to let my true colors shine. Some books specifically tell me that I have to choose friends carefully, but it’s so difficult for me to do this because I tend to be friends with anybody. I just learn how to treasure the right ones. They also taught me that I am free to make my own plans and I am unstoppable to pursue every decision I make. And I live for it! I make a choice and do something about it. Nowadays, society tells me that I have to be “someone” – who has it, who is it. Sometimes I do what the voices tell me but more often I act for my own. I strive for gaining achievements and be successful because I want to and because I have a dream that one day, I’d be able to give back and give others a chance to be happy once in a while. I want to do more of what makes me happy, and that is sharing love to others as what has God first shared with me.
I’m not concluding that books always have the right impact on me. I just give more focus and value on the positive ones, because positivity leads to a flourishing life. And I am not telling that I live a perfect life, I just make the most out of it as if it is perfect.