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Old 11-18-10, 11:38 AM   #1
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Positive influences

Has there been anyone who has helped you to grow, to learn, or to become a better person? A teacher, a significant other, a best friend, a child....your pet?

Let's hear about how what they have contributed has affected your life in a positive way.
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Old 11-18-10, 11:40 AM   #2
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MV was a positive influence for me. He taught me the value of being a prevert.

Jshar taught me the value of a freshly caught bass and the many uses of a gimp suit and ball gag.

And you Siu taught me the value of sutures in a good first aid kit.
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As I was struggling with my demons and on the verge of losing my wife and kids, God brought several really good men and women into my life to speak truth to me. Not going to share too much more than that on this thread but they know who they are and how they were the hands and feet of Christ in my life. I learned so much about selfless love, selfless giving. Also learned to be more honest with myself and to see myself in a different way, a way that I could love.

I am much more willing now to help others in need and have much more empathy and compassion and much less judgement and condemnation.
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Old 11-18-10, 12:20 PM   #4
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BF in generally.....its the only reason there aren't a lot more dead bodies in the ATL.
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Old 11-18-10, 01:35 PM   #5
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My parents. Not noticable when I was growing up because doing things right meant not having huge things to correct.

Vey noticable now as my wife's parents were very different and I have to deal with problems they helped create.
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My positive influence wasn't a person, but a dog. Not even a good dog, but one of the most frustrating dogs ever.

My wife decided to foster a little greyhound. Beautiful dog the color of honey with the biggest deer eyes I've ever seen. Her name is Torie. She raced only 8 races before they gave up on her. She was a doggy blood donor for about a year. The bloodbank treated her well, gave her personal attention, but Torie is the shyest & most high-strung dog I've ever seen.

She tried to jump out of our backyard, she ran & hid, when anyone looked at her, peed in terror when people were too close. My wife decided to give her back as a hopeless cause. I took her for a final walk around the block. Torie was a perfectly behaved walking dog. We kept her.

After two years and a lot of work, Torie is a decent pet. She has her quirks, but she is a devoted companion. She's earned her place in our pack of three greyhounds.

She taught me patience, something I lacked. I don't react to provocations the way I did before we got her. Torie has a way to go, but she's constantly improving- slowly, but steadily.

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High School Track Coach - He was a handsome, Jamaican, Olympic medalist, on the early edge of middle-age who was very soft-spoken, humble, and principled. In my senior year, we had one of the fastest 4 x 220 yard relay teams in the state, and after beating out the 4th guy on the relay team in the open race, he asked me to come into his office. He looked at me and asked, "you're going to college next year, right?" I was wondering why he asked me a question I know he knew the answer to, and wondered what it had to do with anything. After a pause he said, "that other boy is not. This could be the biggest thing in his life". I was proud of them taking 2nd place in the New York State championships that year.

I also recall him saying, many times, after the ritual of politely dismissing the cheerleaders who were practicing their flirting skills on him - "if you find a good woman, don't give her a reason to get away".

He is/was a very humble and wise man.
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Robert Pirsig and my cats, but not in that order.
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My best positive influences have always been my own common scense to avoid the bad influences of leaders like:
Dr.Timothy Leary
Jimmy Carter
TV preachers

the list goes on...........
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Has there been anyone who has helped you to grow, to learn, or to become a better person? A teacher, a significant other, a best friend, a child....your pet?

Let's hear about how what they have contributed has affected your life in a positive way.
The casts of Celebrity Rehab, Intervention, The Biggest Loser, etc. After watching those losers, I feel much better about myself.
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Old 11-18-10, 06:46 PM   #12
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Chris has helped me grow as a person. So has Tude, jsharr, Modo and KT.

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Old 11-18-10, 11:01 PM   #13
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As I was struggling with my demons and on the verge of losing my wife and kids, God brought several really good men and women into my life to speak truth to me. Not going to share too much more than that on this thread but they know who they are and how they were the hands of feet and Christ in my life. I learned so much about selfless love, selfless giving. Also learned to be more honest with myself and to see myself in a different way, a way that I could love.

I am much more willing now to help others in need and have much more empathy and compassion and much less judgement and condemnation.
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No one will ever understand why but I'll have to say my cats.
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My dog Blinky the MinPin.
He has reminded me to never give up. He also has reminded me of the old favorite: Why be difficult when, with a little effort, you can be impossible. This wisdom comes in handy at work.
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People ask me how come I am so calm and patient with folks, even rude/obnoxious ones.

If you have taught in highschools you are prepared for just about everything.

So I guess you could say that naughty teenage Catholic schoolboys were a positive influence on me....
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My wife. I've never spent more time with someone so positive. It's amazing.
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My Dad's third wife. They were married for only 7 years, but that meant she was in my life since the 2nd grade. She taught me manners & courtesy. She taught me how to be a gentleman. She taught me unconditional love: as a step-parent, she didn't have to love me, but she did. She taught me to be an independent thinker, as well as a critical thinker.

She never had any children of her own, but I call her Mom.

Let me put it this way: She's had more input into who I am as a person today than my biological mother.

Oh, and also like ilikebikes, my cats, particularly the late Lorenzo.
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Mainly my grandfather.
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As a homeless teen I had an older Harley guy take me into his home. I was about the age of his children, some were older, some younger. I worked with him and lived in "my own" trailer on the "back 5" of his property. I stayed there for a few years. While there I learned the value of a day's work and the value of family. He is now gone from this life gut I still have contact with his family.
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