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