The buttercup affair. Are you a good influence? May 22, 2017 News I’m on an early morning run. I approach some buttercups in the long grass of Hampstead Heath, swaying yellow in the breeze. But on the mown grass, next to the long grass, I see hints of yellow too. And I’m wondering. I wonder if some buttercup petals have been blown there, whisked by the wind onto the short grass. But no, I discover these buttercups are growing, with their own roots. The long-grass buttercups have re-seeded, their influence spreading. Influence does spread, good influence and bad, whether at home or at work. It can’t help itself. Imagine your influence today is like the spreading of buttercups.