My father gave me similar advice when I was going through some tough times in my college years. Schoolwork, lack of money, poor relationships, lack of sleep, excess drinking - were all taking a toll on me and I was stuck in a rut.
He noticed this and sat me down on the front stoop where most conversations between us took place. He referenced Michael Jackson's - Man in the Mirror:
I’m starting with the man in the mirror;
I’m asking him to change his ways;
And no message could have been any clearer;
If you wanna make the world a better place;
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.
(Mind you this was 2002ish, so I had no clue why he was bring back 1988, but apparently he thought it was relevant to times).
Either way, it worked, he made a connection and it hit home. Make sure you're teaching your kids that if things aren't going well, make a different choice. Go down a different path. Stop doing the same thing expecting a different result.
I'm not one to quote Shakespeare, but "the choices we make, dictate the lives we lead".
It’s a brand new year and we’re all trying to wipe the slate clean of 2020 and start fresh. I know we’re all tired of the whole “new year, new me” trend, and that’s totally fair. Because what happens when your New Years goals don’t pan out the way you wanted them to? Slowly but surely, we stop going to the gym as much, we let our finances lax, and we’re back to the beginning. This all comes down to one word: commitment.
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