Live for Love

Relationship Tip #20: Live your life like you’re the example of good living. Whether you’re a parent or not, behave as though you are teaching impressionable youth to live well through example alone.
I remember a time when my niece was about two. She stubbed her toe and blurted “oh fudge”, but it wasn’t fudge that she said. My sister and I looked at each other shocked. It was a very real example of how she was learning from people around her (I’m sure she didn’t learn that from me 😛 ).
I remember hearing a great piece of advice given to a woman who wasn’t sure if she should marry her boyfriend. She had to ask herself if she would be proud to have a son that was just like her boyfriend, because that’s the kind of son she would end up with. (She’s married but not to that guy)
Sometimes it’s scary, because being a good example means doing something that pushes you to confront your demons, or step up to something that’s more exciting than you’re used to. If you want the children in your life to have a good life, and you are that example, then it’s intensely important to work towards happiness, contentment, compassion for yourself and others, and relationships that work.
I am constantly inspired by people. I stand in wonder at the beauty that people have created in their lives. I’m inspired by the bravery of people who make scary choices, confront issues, speak their truth, surrender to love, apologize, act with kindness and charity, walk away from bad situations, admit their weaknesses, step in to help, toot their own horn, ask for what they want, overcome their conditioning, travel and meet people, fly their freak flag, forgive others, forgive yourself, quit an addiction, face their bullies and persecutors, let go of control and righteousness, and carry on even after heartbreak and still choose love.
I hope we can all be an inspirational example to each other.