When we think of role models we often think of celebrities, they look glamourous, have money and are seen vacationing in exotic places. Maybe instead of celebrities we should consider as a role model the teacher who has papers to grade and lessons to plan but takes the time to listen to the child as if they are the most important person in the world, even if all they want to talk about is their pet or what they did at grandmas. Maybe it is the elderly couple who own the neighborhood market who when a child tries to buy a piece of gum but doesn't have enough money, they count it and tell them there is enough with a penny left over. When asked why they do it, smiles and says nothing is more precious than the look in their eyes and the smile on their face. Maybe role models should be parents like the dad who comes home from work and only wants a few minutes to sit in his chair and relax but smiles and says sure let's go when his son asks him to play catch. What about the mother who tucks her child in bed and as she reads them a story, she isn't thinking about the loads of laundry that needs to be done or the lunches she needs to prepare for tomorrow. All she is thinking about is spending time with her children. Could it be the nurse who makes time to chat with the elderly man down the hall as he talks about the woman who was the love of his life. She listens quietly and smiles even though her heart is breaking because she just lost a patient. Think about the role models in your life and why they are role models. As always do something nice for somebody today.
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