Today, I stumbled upon a quote that described a phenomenon I know well, but never quite put it so succinctly.
“It is inevitable if you enter into relations with people on a regular basis…that you will grow to be like them. Place an extinguished piece of coal next to a live one, and either it will cause the other one to die out, or the live one will make the other reignite. … If you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.” — Epictetus
“Where” and “with whom has defined more success stories than anything else.
I am thankful for the spaces and people that have nurtured me so far.