A Haiku - Example

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A Haiku - Example

The power of one;

One example and echoes,

Make a difference.


Parents, friends, mentors,

Heroes, and quiet ones, too,

Blend in our psyche.


Who watches you now?

What examples do you set?

Help them learn the truth.

Walk a crowded city street; what do you see?

I love airports and even the crowded city street. But then, I'm a writer observing thousands of stories going by or going on around me.

In an education class I once took at the University of New Hampshire, the professor commented on the unusual walk of a youth he observed. He had never seen someone walk quite that way, until the boy's father turned the same corner and walked the same way.

Much of what we do originated from someone else's example. We presume that Adam and Eve walked upright, just as we do. Arms were always used as arms, and legs only as legs.

Perhaps so, but many of our behaviors are what I would call "social skills," facial expressions, body language, tones of speech, etc. We somehow learned those from examples, a favorite character in a movie, a line from a book, a speech pattern and accent we learned from parents and peers.

Much of that is simply our wrapping, what we project outwardly. But examples also mold what we are inwardly, how we react when challenged for example, and more seriously how we ponder, evaluate, and defend who we really are.

We learned all that from someone, a teacher, a close friend, a relative, and most often from a parent or older sibling.

Some things can be taught, such as the professor's insightful comment. Other things we gain from examples and our responses to them.

Good examples? Bad examples? They all have an effect on us. Equally, the examples we set have an effect on others, especially on those closest to us.

We would do well to remind ourselves of that fact periodically, and how our example is being perceived and imitated..

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Teaching by example is a non-stop activity. Thank you for underscoring that.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - You have used some powerful examples in your writings here on HP. Keep them coming.

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