I remember as a small boy throwing a rock into a body of water and counting the ripples, it was many years later I understood the power on influence. Influence in an invisible inertia, full of energy and the ability to change the future.
There are those who say we influence a minimum of seven people during our lifetime, others influence seventy, others 700 and others 7000. Influence touches people’s character, development, and behavior.
EVERY DAY YOU CAN INFLUENCE ANOTHER PERSON FOR MORAL GOOD OR MORAL BAD
I call it a tryst. It is that moment in time when you MUST decide. You see yourself fading into the multitude or you rise as a leader. You have met men with positions that once the position was gone – they were gone. It is not the rich, the famous, the popular or the person with a superior position, it is a common man with a vision. He influences people by his life, he mentors people by his words, and he leads people with his integrity.
But what is a tryst? Tryst is an encounter, a meeting, an engagement, or a rendezvous. It is the first step of a journey or to put one foot in front of the other. When I have been asked what is the most important thing, as a young man or young woman, who decides to be a leader, the answer has always been the same, as it was for me as a young man, you must intentionally grow every day.
To grow every day is to learn every day, to listen every day and to push every day. No, I was not perfect, no, I did not achieve lofty heights or gain massive amounts of money but what I did do is grow.
Waiting can be treacherous, I wear my impatience daily, yesterday was not soon enough, three minutes after the hour is late, so how can I deal with the news “delayed?”
If you are the kind of person who wilts when a date has been rescheduled or your plans have been “put off” then you are not alone. In a “hurry, hurry and get it done” world we are met with brick walls of resistance and unforeseen circumstances placing our agenda on the back burner.
We tend to be “fast food” or “microwave” people rather than “slow cook” or “crock pot.”
Maybe this acrostic of WAIT will provide a skeleton schematic for your next delay