Examples in life- that is exactly what we need at times so that we can have proper guidance on how to manage our lives. And when we grow up, that now is the challenge that befalls us- how to become, in our own way, examples to others especially to the younger generation before us. As I reflected on this reality, I then realised that for us to be able to come up as one, we need to be more committed to life.
We all know that it is not always easy to be a good example to others, to always show to those around us that we care for them especially if our own personal needs come into the picture. Apart from this one, there are other considerations so that we could serve as noteworthy examples for others: fulfilment, conversation, honesty, commitment, admiration and other forms of support.
Fulfilment comes to us when we are able to act and say those proper things for our children and for others. Others most notably the kids always look up on those adults around them for models.
This is very critical in a sense that if they will see bad things in us, they would still follow them without thinking about their consequences.
Conversation also means being able to show charity with regard to one's time for our kids. Can we count by our fingers those times where we set aside personal activities so as to play and to be present to them? Can we sacrifice our time allotted to our peers and other friends in order to spend moments with the kids? If our answer is not, then there is still time for us to re- align our priorities in life.
Finally, to serve as "mirrors" of positive things for our children means learning faithfully to sacrifice our time and our self-centred activities and rather focus our significant time to them. If this is done, they would also tell this one day to themselves and to others that "Thanks Dad/Mom for setting yourself as a concrete example of what it is to be a good individual. "