Byron's Babbles

Everyone Changes Everyone

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on March 16, 2023

I love the television show Chicago PD. Lots of twists and turns that make me think. I was watching season nine (2021), episode 173 last night and this interaction took place: FBI Agent Walker North (Alex Morf): “You know, I looked into your unit for months. Looked at every member, looked at you. I was so sure that you were the one. Kid from a rough home, mother he had to take care of who died a brutal death from cancer Decade in an army, multiple commendations for this job. I thought you’d be the one person, the one who knew exactly who he was, the one Voight wouldn’t be able to corrupt. I honestly didn’t think he could change you.”
Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer): “Everyone changes everyone.”
North: “No, not if you don’t let them.”
Halstead: “So your brother didn’t change you?” The phrase “Everyone changes everyone” really jumped out at me. Sometimes we encounter people very briefly and others for longer periods of time and much more intimately. All, in some way, have an impact on us.

The relationships we form with others have the power to shape who we are and who we become. Others’ actions, words, or simple presence, can change the way we think, feel, and behave. And we have that same effect on those we encounter. This is why we need to value the encounters we have with others, but also recognize that those we come in contact with can have a negative effect on us. Who we hang out with matters. Take a moment and reflect on those that have had the biggest impact on your life so far and how have they have changed you.

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