By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Lately, I’ve really been thinking about if something happened to me, what type of legacy would I leave behind for my children to reflect on?
About 10 years ago, I made a conscious decision to change my thinking. At that time, life was throwing me some very difficult challenges.
I recognized all this was happening because I put myself in those situations. I owned it, and did not blame anyone else. When something bad happened it was really, in some kind of way, my fault for being there.
Once I started changing my thinking and putting only positive thoughts in my head, these thoughts became actions. My children and others around me would only see kindness and understanding. And, through time, these actions determined my character.
Now, this took some time and self-training. First, I changed my environment by eliminating negative people in my life. I only surrounded myself with positive thinkers and successful people, but really, spent most of the time alone.
For almost 10 years, I had become a single father raising two young children practically on my own. I wanted to be the best role model possible, but this could only happen by changing me first.
I read countless motivational books and listened to numerous inspirational CDs. Once my mind was filled with only positive thoughts, there wasn’t room for any negativity. It was quite refreshing, peaceful and rewarding.
This type of behavior seemed to spread amongst people I’d spend time with, especially my children.
I recognized, the most important role as a parent, is to raise children to be good people in this world. This alone would be the best legacy I could ever leave them.
What about you? When you pass from this world, not only family members, but how will others speak of you? Really, only you can answer that question honestly.
Starting today, improve life’s journey, and create a legacy for others to admire for the rest of their lives.
Just think, if everyone would embrace love and character, what a wonderful world we could live in.