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  • Writer's pictureMichael Apollo Lira

The company we reflect

The food you eat, the attitudes you carry, your affect towards the world around you. The people you affiliate with. The company you keep. Every meaningful thing we do in our life impacts not only our own well-being, but the world around us. You reflect what you immerse yourself in and expose yourself to. We’re absorbent creatures. We take in, and we exude. And so the cycle goes.


We are often a mirror to the world around us. Our affiliations matter. They can heal and they can harm. It can happen quickly, and it can also happen slowly or insidiously.

Generally speaking, people will take on some of the qualities and cultural values of the communities and people we affiliate with and are thusly influenced by. Part of the social dynamic of acceptance is reflecting what we see: echoing the norms, standards, and expectations of our tribes. A long time ago, this was a survival mechanism. The world today has gotten better at affording the luxury of critical thinking and safely departing archaic, outdated, or hurtful creeds. Sometimes we come to the realization that we don’t like what we see in the mirror that we are reflecting into the world. Sometimes we realize what we are surrounded by isn’t healthy or safe. And when that happens, we truly begin to recognize the value of that mirror and the importance in its care.


I previously blogged about the importance of the people you know and the unforeseen, unique ways it can impact life events, but that is only part of a bigger picture. Yes, having good people in your life is a fortunate and nice thing – no question about it. But when you have people like that around you, I believe that in turn, you are more likely to be influenced by their good deeds, their positive attitudes, their thoughtful ways. And you in turn are more likely to adopt and continue that practice in your own life – both towards your loved ones and maybe even towards people you don’t know as well. I believe this is not only how good, already existing communities are fostered, but also how good communities are grown and created. And this matters to me. This matters because I NEED to believe that there is good in the world.


The world can be an overwhelming place to anybody. Its challenges can seem isolating. Strife can make you feel alone despite being surrounded by people you care about, or despite the communities you are a part of. And this is something many of us will experience during times of hardship.


So, dear reader, when times are dark please try to remember some of the following quotes (got a candle theme going here!) about the goodness you may bring into this world and your communities:

  • “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle” – Fracis of Assisi

  • “just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts” – Leo Tolstoy

  • “A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle” – Thomas Jefferson

  • “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” – Edith Wharton

  • “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it” – Margaret Fuller

  • “At night a candle’s brighter than the sun” – Sting

I am so thankful for the people in my life. I have a spouse who constantly challenges me to be better and impresses me endlessly with her drive to excel. I have thoughtful and compassionate friends who constantly surprise me in their kind and meaningful gestures. I am a part of some truly wonderful voiceover communities who remain endlessly supportive and encouraging of its members. I've read just how toxic some online voiceover communities can be at times, and I'm lucky to say that I haven't had to deal with any of that. All of these things serve as constant reminders to me to always try to do whatever I can to help lift up these groups that have endlessly done exactly that for me.


To my loved ones reading this: thank you for loving me and constantly showing it through the beautiful ways that you do.


To my friends reading this: thank you for constantly inspiring me to do better.


To my communities reading this: sometimes I’m more active in saying it than others, but I will always believe in you.


And to the rest of the world: look at what and who is around you. You are a product of your environment, and I hope you can make that environment one that you are proud to be a part of.


Tupac Shakur said:

“We gotta make a change. It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes. Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live, and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see, the old way wasn’t working. So it’s on us to do what we’ve got to do to survive.”


And I do believe our survival depends on it.


 
 

If you enjoy reading my blogs, I bet you'd like some of the other voice over blogs that I really love! Take a minute and check out these truly wonderful voiceover blogs. Reading these is always a big highlight in my busy life!


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Josh Alexander
Josh Alexander
22 mar 2022

PS - I freaking want your scrolling Tron background!!! GENIUS!

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Michael Apollo Lira
Michael Apollo Lira
23 mar 2022
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THANK YOU! I was super giddy when I had the idea to add it! I keep pulling up my page to look at it more! 😂

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thevoice
thevoice
22 mar 2022

I asked my wife what she thought of my being a candle and she immediately ran to get the fire extinguisher from the kitchen. *sigh* It is common to see people complaining about bad behavior and general negativity in social media. It always surprises me a little bit because of being somewhat sheltered within the (largely) positive and supportive community we have in VO. Maybe we can be a light for the rest of social media and change the internet!

Thank you, Michael. Keep writing!

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Michael Apollo Lira
Michael Apollo Lira
23 mar 2022
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Thank you Jon! May your influence reach far and your candle burn bright!

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theresa
22 mar 2022

What a wonderful and inspirational blog, Michael! You're so right that having a great community, no matter your industry/profession, is so important. The VO community is amazing and so giving and supportive. Thank you for including me in your list of VO bloggers!

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Michael Apollo Lira
Michael Apollo Lira
23 mar 2022
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Thank you for your awesome contributions to the community, Theresa!!

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Tyler Robbert
Tyler Robbert
22 mar 2022

Always a pleasure to hear your thoughts, Michael! I can't agree more that the VO communities I've been a part of have been incredibly encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring. I'm grateful that you're a part of that circle as well! Here's hoping someday we can meet in person and grab lunch or something. VO HOMIES UNITE!

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Michael Apollo Lira
Michael Apollo Lira
23 mar 2022
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I would very much like that. Wishing you all the success you need to fill your cup, Tyler Robbert!!

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Josh Alexander
Josh Alexander
22 mar 2022

Wait a minute - is this the part where MJ does that spin and that high-pitched “OOOOO!” and then the choir sings “if ya wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a chay-y-yange!!” ?? I swear this was the lead up to that.


in all sincerity, what an anthemic blog. What truths that we may have already known but probably forgot in the monotony and drudgery of daily lives and self-absorption. Thank you for steering us back true north with reminders of love and unity and light. That St. Francis of Assisi quote is my favorite. And don’t forget this one by Galadriel: “even the smallest voiceover artist can change the course …


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Michael Apollo Lira
Michael Apollo Lira
23 mar 2022
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SHAMONE!! (Which in this instance means: thank you so much. Keep on shining bright, my friend.)

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