June 10, 2004
I was going for a daily walk through the park with my coworkers and we were talking about exercise. One of them wanted her husband to walk with her but he won’t. She says he always has excuses, like having too much to do. My wife doesn’t exercise with me, but she tries a little on her own. As I talked about my exercise and how it’s been making me feel, my coworker said that she should start biking or walking herself. She said that she recognizes the benefits of regular exercise, so she is willing to put a little effort into it.
Whatever the action, each person has to want to do it. One person cannot expect to tell another person what’s good for them and have them obey. That’s kind of a controlling attitude. One of my friends bought two bikes, one for himself and one for his wife to get her to lose weight. He rode a couple of times and fought with his wife to try it, and she wouldn’t. She didn’t like riding bikes. After a few weeks he gave up on it altogether and got rid of the bikes.
Maybe you have heard this phrase, especially if you are a parent, “Do as I say, not as I do!” And did you ever hear someone mention, “you are just like you father!” Or “just like your mother?” We would all like our children to turn out better than us. And it happens but mostly our children turn out very much like us. With raising children, we are the ultimate models. When our children are younger they idolize us and would do anything to gain our approval. We are Super Models, selling an image for our children to live up to, for better or worse. This has almost nothing to do with physical beauty, but everything to do with attitude.
But it goes much further than our immediate family. We are models for everyone else as well. And everyone else is a model for us. We are constantly observing everyone around us and adjusting our idea of who we are.
My friend Marc, who is an alcoholic and has spent many years leading AA groups told me once, “The best way to help someone is to be as healthy as you can yourself.” It gives the people struggling with addiction hope. It shows them that it works and that it’s worth it. It gives them something stable and sane in a world that is turned upside down. We have to want it ourselves, no one can do it for us. And we are the models everyone else is looking at.
So, if we look around the world and don’t like what we see, we can change it by changing our self. We can be a Super Model of what we want the world to be. Others will see, and if it’s good they will know what can be done and have hope.
Posted by carl1236 at June 10, 2004 10:55 PM
I coudn't be botherd to read that junk. I'd just like to say that you should give more information about being a supermodel when you are a child
Posted by: Helen at November 5, 2006 2:57 PM