It is hard to "change" a person.

Ultimately, each person has to choose to change themselves.

Though - we can have influence.

The word influence derives from the latin:

in - into
fluere -  to flow

Water that cascades over rock, with enough time, will "influence" a change in the rock - making rough edges smooth or carving a channel for the water's journey downstream.

My hope is that we will each learn better ways to "flow into" the lives of others - setting up patterns of behavior and habits that influence each of us to be more caring, loving and compassionate with all of Creation.

My hope is that we will have influence to help persons change themselves in ways that better reflect solidarity, kindness and mutual care for all living things.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.


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