This morning on the radio, the local guys were interviewing someone who has written a book about influence. I was slicing squash for the dehydrator and was halfway listening but he was talking about the difference in telling someone to do something vs. influencing them to do something. He gave the example of getting someone to stop smoking. You can tell them to stop smoking, and talk til you’re blue in the face, or, you can somehow “influence” them to want to stop smoking and then get the help they need to get to accomplish that end.
I was thinking about that in relation to this blog. I was thinking about “influence” as I was thinking about the blog. My goal is never to try to convince anyone that our lifestyle is better than yours. Our lifestyle is better for us but I know it this isn’t the lifestyle for everyone. As I share what goes on around here, for some, it brings back memories of things your grandparents may have done . . even though the lifestyle we live is because we choose it and we could move to the city any time and buy our groceries and eggs. Many of our grandparents didn’t have that opportunity.
Some read the blog and realize they want to do a few of the things we do . . maybe be a bit more self-sufficient, maybe plant a garden or a fruit tree or two, maybe even get some chickens. Some read the blog and are more determined to find land in the country and get out of the city. Some read the blog and are sure we’re totally crazy! 🙂
We may or may not stay here forever but this is what we wanted for so long – a few acres, chickens, a big garden and fruit trees. We’re happy. All I ever want for the blog readers or anyone . . is to be happy! If you’re not happy . . not a whole lot else matters. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, or the size of your house, or the age of your car or anything else . . if you’re not happy with your life, your family, your home, and most importantly, your own self . . what else matters?
If there’s anything on this blog that I hope “influences” you, I hope it’s that you realize the importance of living the life you want to live and if not, you’re working very hard to get to that point.