By Kathleen Swift • Photos by Mandy Edmonson The Eastern Shawnee Tribe, its business committee and Chief Glenna Wallace have worked successfully over the years to build their community and a relationship with the City of Seneca. As they look to the new year and their...
By Don Lowe The entire Seneca R-7 School District is excited about the new sports complex currently being built and expected to be finished in a couple of months. “We passed a bond issue to fund the construction of our athletic complex, as well as a performing arts...
By Kathleen Swift • Photos by Kenzie Captures The day couldn’t have been more perfect for a wedding. The setting at Venue 105, nestled among the tall oaks and with its expansive views, was the backdrop for the outdoor ceremony for Jordan and Lucy Douglas. “When I...
By Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops, Outdoor World Radio As I begin another year in my life, I pause to think about how grateful I am. I was lucky enough to live on a farm close to nature when I was young. What did I learn? I learned to be curious and explore. I learned...
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Using Your Influence
Happy New Year! This is the time of reflection. We dream, make resolutions and set new goals. It is the time of new beginnings and endless possibilities.
As we worked on our first edition of 2022, I was reminded of the influence others have had on my life. I thought of my mother, a woman fiercely passionate about her family and my inspiration to follow my dreams. She truly was my biggest cheerleader. I reminisced on the people who have helped me believe in myself, encouraged me and have lent a helping hand when needed. Whether that was listening or being a constant presence in my life, I have been blessed with great influencers. I would not be where I am today without my family, my colleagues, my friends and the ShowMe team.
This month, we feature the Most Influential People of 2021. These 14 individuals have stepped up as leaders, influenced positive change and made a difference in the community this past year. These 14 individuals are our friends and our neighbors. They are community individuals who decided to become community leaders. Their dreams, resolutions and goals were to lead and make an impact. We are sharing their stories so their positive reach can touch even more lives.
Gandhi has been quoted to say, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This time of year, our 14 faces on the cover and Gandhi’s quote have inspired me to think about New Year’s resolutions differently. Often, we are focused on self-improvement and self-care. What if we decided to be influencers? What if we decided to be influential?
The definition of influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone. I cannot think of anything more powerful, more impacting. How do we do that? Here is what I found: Listen without interruption. Act with integrity. Do what you say you are going to do. Give others a voice. Have a vision. Practice empathy. Accept responsibility. Appreciate others. Go above and beyond. Give grace.
In 2022, we hope to use our influence to make an impact. We want to listen to our readers, we want to continue to highlight what makes our region the best place to call home, we will continue to feature local leaders who exemplify the definition of influence, and we want to bring stories that touch your heart, give you the information you need and help you build memories. We want to be influential.
In 2022, let’s leave this year better than when we entered it. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. Let’s affect someone’s character, help in the development of a human or positively impact the behavior of another. Let’s do small things, and big things, to make an influence. Let’s be influential!
Thank you for being my inspiration today and every day! Happy 2022!