I have warned you before that you would get a few too many sappy dad stories from me, so here comes another one.
I wrote a week or so ago about putting goals on post it notes and putting them up on your bathroom mirror.
Maggie asked me the other day about my “scoring goals” as she calls them and I realized something interesting.
Whether we realize it or not, someone is watching what we do.
Maggie is watching her dad (hopefully) set a good example of goal setting and goal accomplishment.
A random stranger is noticing how you open the door for another stranger.
The waitress at the restaurant is noticing how you interact with her vs. how you interact with the rest of your dinner party (and how your tip matches up with how you act).
I realized that we have an opportunity with every interaction we have. We have an opportunity to be a positive example and to stand out in the crowd as someone worth looking up to.
We have a chance to make a difference in the lives of others, every day. But not in a selfish, “look at me” kind of way. That is what I believe to be the key.
The key is to make a difference in the lives of others only because you are making a difference, not because you want others to look at you. Doing the right thing is always the right thing….even when no one is looking (maybe especially when no one is looking).
Think about your day to day interactions. Who are you setting an example for?
Got a little one (or not so little any more) at home that needs a good example?
Being waited on at lunch by a waitress that has given up on life a little?
Dealing with a customer who is a little frustrated and needs a laugh?
You will be surprised at how much someone is watching you and looking for an example on how to do the right thing.
Seize the opportunity. Show them what you are made of. God only made one you. He made you special for a reason…..to show/help others in a way that only you can.