Day 21/30: What 3 lessons do you want your children to learn from you?

Day 21/30: What 3 lessons do you want your children to learn from you?

Sounds like a genie in a bottle question. I was surely stalled.

That phrase “from you” made me think again.

I mean, if my future children would learn “from me”, it would mean I would have to lead by example. Tough question! Definitely the kind of question I would love to ask as well. Since I am answering this question, here it is:

(Note: Had a difficult time choosing just three so I included “Similar-ish” phrases)

  1. See Differently (or “Actually”). Failure and loss (“bad experiences”) are opportunities for learning. Discipline (“unpleasant”) is appreciated most when established. Temporal pleasures (“good”) may bring longer term consequences. A “bad” person, may not be necessarily be “bad”. “Profit” on books, might not be so in cash terms (losses in actual). “Can’t” is usually “can” with a t-wist.

Similar-ish Phrases: “see things for what they are”, “challenge your thoughts”, “see both good and bad”, “eliminate biases”, “seek to understand or listen”, “get real” or “be honest”

  1. Drop the ego. Described best in the book, “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” (https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Self-Forgetfulness-Path-Christian/dp/1906173419). Keller describes a humble person as “not a self-hating person or a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person.”

Similar-ish Phrases: “be humble”, “it’s not about you”, “love/give/do without expectation”, “there is no stupid question”, “be patient”, “be kind”, “chill”

  1. Honor God. If there’s one person who should be prominent in your life – and that person is not oneself (see Number 2) – it would be God. I surely hope my future children would come to know God early in life.

Similar-ish Phrases: “Seek Him first”, “Have an eternal mindset”, “Have faith”, “Hope”

 

Your turn…

Question: What 3 lessons do you want your children to learn from you?

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