As I’m walking out to drop my kids off to school, I notice this pile on the floor in my living room. I also see my dog Lily wondering why the heck I’m taking the picture.
Every couple weeks, I visit my friend Tanya for an osteopathy appointment, and on the way home, I always visit a liquidation warehouse.
They have a little bit of everything there, but I usually just go there to stock up on some food items.
That pile on the floor is mostly the items I bought yesterday that I just didn’t put away. Seems harmless, right?
What you may also notice in the picture are some kids backpacks and other kid’s stuff.
By me leaving my crap out, it tells them it’s ok and they probably feel it gives them permission to leave their crap out.
“If dad does it must be ok. How can he get on my case, if he’s doing it as well?”
Even though it’s ‘just a pile in the living room’, it means so much more than that.
This small pile in the living room was a reminder to me how our kids model our behavior. Our habits. Everything. All areas of life.
What we do, they are more likely to do.
We set the example for them. We help to build the foundation for them.
I choose to be the best example I can be.
Are you with me?
Before the kids get home from school, I’m gonna go clean that pile up.
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Mike Gillespie | Epic Living Coach | Epic Living Academy
Badass Dad, Peak Performance Coach, Entrepreneur, Investor, Butt Kicker, Boundary Pusher, School Builder, Speaker, Explorer, Extreme Sports Enthusiast, Visionary & Positive Thinking Dude Who’s Dedicated to Helping You Become the Happiest and Healthiest Person You Know!
I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been very positive & optimistic. As a young boy, I was a dreamer, a doer and excited for life! I remember growing up, before any big test at school, or soccer game, my mom would always remind me to Do My Best! I’m a wee bit of a perfectionist because of that. And, today, I’m still all of those things, but now a man, driven, dedicated and committed to living a life on my own terms.