I just read a blog by Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post – What parents teach kids
about drinking. In the 13 or so months since I gave up alcohol as a habit, I’ve noticed a direct effect – at times – on the amount/frequency and type(s) of alcohol my husband consumes. It’s definitely less and less often of everything – and definitely a lot less wine!
Similarly, a number of other people have told me that I’ve inspired them to begin a similar journey to mine. A few others have begun to look at the people around them with clearer vision and finally see that their once harmless vice may have gotten out of control. It’s clear to me that that my action of giving up drinking – or in the past, in doing lots of imbibing – have had an impact beyond just me, but also the people around me. In some instances, I’m sure it’s been a case of monkey see, monkey do.
I still don’t know if this is a temporary path I’m on, or if it is truly a permanent lifestyle change. But I do know I am so much more conscious of just how closely people watch what I do – and that some people are forever changed, both good and bad, by following in my footsteps.
Whether you’re a parent, business owner, or just a caring citizen of the planet, I challenge you to be mindful of what you’re teaching those around you. Through your attitude, words and deeds, you are helping shape the minds of others. Be they your children, your staff members, or simply your friends and peers, you may be surprised what people are learning from you and the impact your unintended lessons are having on their lives.