Making a living or a life?

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Too often, we fathers, neglect it because we get so caught up in trying to make a living that we forget to make a life.

As a teacher we are told to be role models to the young people we work with in all we do; this is a key element of our professional standards. But I recently asked myself if I was doing the same thing in my personal life. I wasn’t happy about the answer when I was honest with myself.

So my resolution this year is to be a better role model as a father.

I want the way I conduct myself and how I act for my children to make an impression on them. With work commitments there could be days where I may only see my kids for half an hour. So that half hour needs to be highly impactful.

High impact needs to be in my behaviour, mood, attitude, and energy levels, as well as my physical appearance and how I look after myself. On the latter, I feel many of us neglect ourselves. There’s a difference between good physical appearance for vanity reasons versus for pouring into others more easily and fully. Unfortunately, we often forget that neglecting ourselves in these areas often has a significant negative impact on our kids. Maybe not immediate, but certainly down the line.

Being a role model is not about perfection; that is an impossibility. However, it is about trying to be the best version of yourself.

By all means make a living, but don’t forget to make a life.

by Beaker

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