Looking Up by Looking Around

Who do you hope your kids look up to?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot the last couple of weeks. About how we focus on showing our children heros in the past and present and encouraging them that, one day, they can be world changers too.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. Not at all.

Heros are incredibly important. We could make a long list of why we need exceptional leaders, innovators, and role models for our children and for the world. I doubt anyone would disagree.

It’s just that our kids also need to be surrounded daily by people who work hard, rest well, and are satisfied with their lives.

That doesn’t mean to not strive to “be your best self” or to dream smaller. It just means that not everyone is destined to do great things. At least by the world’s standard of what a great thing is. Often, the greatest thing a person is destined to do is loving the people in their lives by walking the path in front of them, and walking it in contentment.

Sometimes that path has huge, world changing opportunities and, of course, I want my kids to look up to people who work hard to make those opportunities a reality.

But most of the time paths in life are full of small, unnoticed, mundane tasks. It’s more important to me that my kids are able to approach these monotonous daily tasks as faithfully and contentedly as the big, exciting ones.

So today I’m thankful for the many people in our lives who are consistent, loving examples of working hard, resting well, and finding deep satisfaction exactly where they are.

We don’t need to look far to find someone to look up to. In fact, we just need to look around right where we are.

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