I love being social. Love hanging out with lots of friends, with my ginormous family, with writers at conferences, with…just people. It makes me happy. And when I’m hanging out with people, and I’m happy, they tend to leave happy too—even if they didn’t start out that way. And vice-versa.
When this happens, I think it’s because one person has come together with others, and that person brought with them an infectious mood that sets the tone for everyone else.
*dances a jig* Do as I’m doing, follow, follow me… (sing along!)
It could be the kid who runs through the house and pokes you in the side screaming, “Tag! You’re it!” You can’t tell me that if one of your kids (or friends, or siblings) did that, you wouldn’t chase them down and tag them back. (If you wouldn’t—you’re SO missing out.) (I did this as a kid. Got thrown in the pool for my efforts more times than I can count—yes, we had a pool. We lived in Arizona at the time—they’re very common.)
The point is, it doesn’t matter where you are or what the situation. It only takes ONE person to turn the tides, to set the tone for others around you. So choose your moods and your words wisely, my young Padawans, and use the Force. Your friends will thank you for your positive influence. Someday.
**This month, I reviewed Watched by Cindy Hogan, and The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson.Be sure to come see what I thought about them.And don't miss this exciting announcement about a very cool event at which I will be signing.