As I look out the door, I notice the neighbor has already placed their garbage on the curb. Although, I typically wait later in the day, my trash is nearing the top of the can so I empty it and off I go to put mine out at the end of the road. Hours go by and I see my bag is still by the roadside, which is typical because it’s not yet time for the garbage trucks to run. But suddenly as if the V-8 man has hit me in the head, I come to my senses. Duh! Why do I have my trash sitting out? Not only I’m I off from work today because it is holiday but it’s Monday NOT Tuesday, which is one of the trash days in my neighborhood.
I can’t help but laugh as I think about the stupidity of my ways. And I secretly slither out the door hoping no one sees as I try to retrieve the trash bag from the curb. In my mind, I’m thinking all those passing by are wondering why on earth I had my trash sitting out on a holiday no less. Truth is most people could care less about MY trash.
But as I retrieved the trash I am reminded of the simple and subtle power of influence. My neighbor didn’t have to call to me and compel me to join them in sitting out my trash, I simply decided to join in because of what I saw and my perceive need to get it done.
No matter how small or insignificant we might feel, we never know just who may be taking notice in our most mundane actions. And if you were conscious of them watching, is it a place that you would desire to use your influence to lead them?