Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise. Proverbs 13:20a

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When I was six years old, I got my ears pierced for the first time. I remember the moment well—while sitting in the tall chair, feet dangling below, I felt both excitement as I picked out new studs and anxiety because of the ear gun.

My momentary fear was worth it because after a painless second, I had bona-fide earrings. None of those fake stickers anymore. When the department store clerk held up a mirror so I could see myself, I felt so cool.

From that day until college, I wore earrings almost all the time. They were typically simple and small. Nothing glamorous. But one day, things began to change.

A classmate named Amber who lived in my college dorm wore fun prints and big earrings. We became fast friends. As our friendship grew, we rubbed off on one another. We began to like the same things and laugh at the same jokes. Eventually, her love of large jewelry rubbed off on me.

Let’s just say 15 years later, I’m a changed woman.

I can’t recall a time Amber and I talked about big earrings, but her courage to wear them influenced me. Her confidence was contagious. Her strength came out through her fun and sophisticated style. I wanted what she had, and over time, I transformed.

Our survival tip today is for those who are wanting a stronger body, mind, soul: Surround yourself with strong people. Courage is contagious and it will rub off on you in some way. 

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