The Five Most Influential People In My Life
There is bound to be at least one person in every person’s life that has inspired and influenced them to do something good in this life. Well, I can name at least five people. Those five people have had an everlasting positive impact on my life. To be fair, I could not number them from least to greatest or greatest to least. So, I put them in order by their last name. While I have listed my five below, I want you to please read mine and think of five to yourself.
Lluellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi Master Teacher
While I have never met Mr. Lee in person, his words in his books have inspired me to live a life filled with love towards our beautiful Earth. I first was introduced to Mr. Lee when watching an episode of Super Soul Sunday on OWN. Mr. Lee’s presence on my television screen had just humbled me. I heard him say how life is a journey and how to love everything around us here on Earth. He taught me how to turn my heart of hatred into a heart of love and to live everyday with peace. Mr. Lee really transformed my way of life and thinking when I read his book “Transformation of the Heart”. Though I never met Mr. Lee on a physical level, I have met him on a spiritual level. I am thankful everyday for Mr. Lee and for his words of wisdom that he offers me.
Mrs. Motte, Friend
Mrs. Motte was my youth group leader during my junior high years. She offered me great guidance and cared about each and everyone of her youth. Making the transition from elementary to high school is a huge step where I come from. I needed some help with making that transition and Mrs. Motte was there for me and she truly helped me. She would lift me up when I was down. Mrs. Motte always has a smile on her face when I see her. She has such a joy about this life here on Earth. She has a great amount of faith. She ministers to all. When I was in the tenth grade Mrs. Motte had received a great job offer to become a teacher. I had known for the longest time that her dream was to return teaching in a classroom someday. I was saddened to see her go, but I knew that this would not be the last time I would see her. In fact her and I became great friends. She is a friend that I can talk to and trust. Mrs. Motte was also there for me when my father had passed. Mrs. Motte has taught me what a true friend does for another friend, being there through the good and bad.
Mrs. Stimmell, High School Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Stimmell was my high school guidance counselor and boy did she offer guidance. Mrs. Stimmell was my guidance counselor during my senior year of high school. A year filled with many ups and downs. She was there for me especially when my father died, which was when I had needed her most. My dad died during the December of my senior year. He lost his battle to cancer. It was the hardest event for me to experience. I never would have thought that I would have lost him that young, but I did. When he did pass, Mrs. Stimmell had helped me through the grieving process. She would sit with me and talk to me about it. She would listen to me, which was the most important part to me. She would “hear me out”. She came to the viewing to offer her condolences. Mrs. Stimmell taught me the gift of listening and understanding towards one who is struggling.
Mrs. Presutti, High School English Teacher
Mrs. Presutti was my English Teacher during my senior year of high school. As I had explained before, my senior year of high school was not the easiest of years. I had lost my dad. Mrs. Presutti was there for me even before my dad, though. She would listen to me tell her all about my film projects. She would read some of my film scripts that I had wrote outside of school. She respected me and my creativity in her class. She would let me write short stories and screenplays and at times turn them in for a grade. She respected me and I had respected her as a teacher. When my father passed, she came to his viewing and offered her condolences to my family and I. Mrs. Presutti would keep me going when I was down. She was a teacher who I could talk to and trust. She cares greatly about her students. Mrs. Presutti taught me the gift of strength and how to care for one when they are down. She told me continuously “keep on going, you’re almost there!”
As you have seen in above paragraphs most of the people mentioned above were there for me when my dad had passed away. When my dad passed away it was the hardest event for me to experience in my life. My dad and I had shared many great memories together over the years. In fact the summer of 2010 stands out as the greatest summer of memories ever! My dad joined me in co-hosting a television talk show series on a local public access station. Our show was entitled: The Moon Show. We talked about everything from entertainment to his favorite topic astronomy. I mean, think about how cool it would it be to host a television talk show series with your parent. That same summer my dad, my mom and I all took one last trip to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. We had fun taking the pontoon out on the lake and staying at our favorite resort The Wil’ O’ The Wisp. The following week my dad had his bladder removed due to the fact that there was cancer in his bladder. It took my dad three months to recover from his surgery. At this time he had to begin chemo treatments. The chemo treatments nearly killed him as his body could not handle them. Then in April of 2011 we took one last family trip together this time to Philadelphia for my sister’s wedding. We all had a good time, but my dad still was not feeling well. In September of 2011 my dad was taken to the hospital after I found him passed out in his bedroom. It turns out as we would later learn the cancer was back, this time for the worse. My father lived for three months after his September trip to the ER. Who would have ever known that my dad would die just three months later? He died on a Sunday in December. I was by his side the whole time until his very last breath. He was 59. When my dad was sick, you couldn’t even tell. It was like my dad kept his illness a secret and how he was feeling from the rest of us. He kept a positive attitude throughout all of it, though. He really was never in fear of his illness. I will miss my dad greatly. He taught me that no matter what comes your way, be positive. My dad always had a smile on his face. In fact my dad died with a smile on his face, he is in peace now. As hard as it is for us, the better it is for him.
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