I will not be the product of my environment. My environment will be the product of me. (I think the above is a quote from The Departed, so don’t give me too much credit. I’m pretty sure I stole it)
But think about it. How often have you heard that someone is a product of their environment? How often have you thought: I am a product of my environment?
I’ll start: I’ve usually blamed most of my shortcomings or difficulties on my upbringing, genetics, geography…stuff like that.
But I usually take credit–or give credit to other people–for my successes. For the positives. I rarely find myself saying, “I finally got into the right environment.” I’m more likely to say, “Holy cow, I’m so awesome,” whether it’s true or not.
I believe that people who are truly forces for good have the potential to influence their environment more than to be influenced by it.
Does it work both ways? Sure. Influence isn’t always a good thing, depending on who is wielding it. Some people create paradises. Some create smoking wastelands. Feel free to take those literally, or consider them metaphors:)
As usual, I’m going to end with my pitch for vigilant self-scrutiny and bringing about good things whenever possible: just by being you.
My environment will be a product of me. My goal is that that is always a good thing.
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