What have you done TODAY to set a good example for others?
Enlightened, educated people should, in my opinion, set a good example for others as often as possible. An obvious case is parents setting their children on the right paths. But I think we should expect all enlightened/respectable/good human beings to set good examples for others regularly. If you agree with my opinion, then what have you done TODAY to set a good example(s)?
If you disagree with my opinion, on what basis do you disagree and what do you propose instead? Please elaborate.
Honestly I can't think of much today that I have done to set a good example, or a bad example. I suppose holding a door open for someone is setting a good example. It may seem small, but people don't hold doors for others anymore.
May not be a huge good example, but one none the less.
That's the spirit--this is a good example, davidlivermore! Little or big, it doesn't matter: it's "doing the right thing"--or even a little bit more than necessary--that will make society better, in my opinion. The whole world can benefit from this.
I think that is a great example. It is often the smallest gestures that make the biggest impact.
Since you did ask; I can only conclude, not enough.
However, I have done a few small "things." I gave some change to a man in need. I went to Mass and received the Sacrament called Communion. I gave a few dollars to our church. I obstained from pursuing my significant attachment called ice hockey. I refrained from over-eating. I have smiled at many today and held a door open for several older people. I completed my daily prayers (morning & evening only). I tried to "validate" my children, better-half and a few friends. I didn't forget to get our garbage roadside...
God forgive me for the things I have failed to do.
connorj, you're doing lots of things--consciously--to set good examples for those around you! You are a good person and you are showing others the right way by your actions and words. You won't have to do it ALL yourself--it will be contagious!
I often realise that if I keep quiet I set a better example than if I raise my opinion in an emotional outburst. So my good example is sometimes to use my ears before my mouth. I guess that is why we have them in a 2:1 ratio.
celeste I laughed out loud at your comment! This lesson I am forever trying to learn. Love your 2:1 ratio analogy! Saying nothing is, indeed, often a good example for others--especially in an era where "talking over" each other is so common (rude!!).
My son was so behind in his math class. Today, I took the day off from work to help him. I sat with him through every problem. Then, while he continued with a different subject, I moved the stuff out of his room he has been wanting out of there for 2 weeks. He was so happy when he saw his room. He has been wanting to look at a car magazine for a week with me. We sat down and looked at it after dinner. Then we looked online for more cars. We did that for an hour.
What these things have in common is the example of giving time to another who really needs it. He is a teen and is independent but, when he falls behind and is overwhelmed, this is an easy gift for me to give to him. I also give the gift of time at church, in volunteering, and to my neighbors. Though not material in nature or tangible, per se, it can be very meaningful to others and I try to be the example of that in a daily way. Sometimes, people want to reciprocate in some way but instead I ask them to pay it forward.
Li Galo! What a wonderful person you are. It is so nice to "meet" you! And, I love your selfless "pay it forward" attitude, too. If only more people were like you... Your son is very lucky to have such a caring mom. (I have a great mom, too.)
I often worry that I will set a good example for my 2 year old. She is so young and impressionable. My young life was hard and I do not want that for her. I wished that my mother & father had set a good example so I didn't have to work so hard to get what I have now.
So, there are a ton of little things that I do every day to make sure that I set a good example.
I eat healthy. I believe that being healthy is a sign of a healthy mind. I don't always eat perfect ( I do like cheese a lot) but I always do the best I can.
I exercise regularly and take care of my body. Every other day I work out for at least an hour every night. Today I did almost 2 hours
I remain calm instead of allowing anger or frustration to take control. Today this was specifically important as I have a sick daughter and she was crabby. Every small thing caused a meltdown. compassion can be hard sometimes but very worth it in the end
I know they are small things, but every little bit counts when you are trying to build a little mind
Excellent, Karmallama! You have risen above your own up-bringing and are showing your little one a better way through life. You're right--it is the myriad little things we do that set good examples for others. Keep up the good work! It will pay off!
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