|I took a picture, but he was a little far away.|
|He fell asleep pretending to play video games like Daddy :)|
A few days ago, I was vacuuming my living room and slipped into that place of deep thought, where some profound ideas came together for me. When I was single, the focus of my life was on myself. Improving my life used to be about me, because I wanted to be better, for myself. Of course, I still do. But becoming better has a new, higher, more selfless purpose now. When I became a parent, the focus of my life shifted to my kids. That day, the breath and depth of that shift sank in with the words...
Not even improving myself is just about me anymore.
Our children want to be like us. That is why my son enjoys pretending to mow the lawn--because he wants to do what Daddy does. Really, a huge part of parenting is being a good example, because what they see me do speaks so much louder than anything I could ever say to them. And so, anything I do to become better will give them a better example to emulate. Even becoming a better person is not just about me now. The better example I can be, the better foundation they will have to jump from as adults in improving themselves, and the lives they touch. My life is no longer just about me. It is so much bigger than me.