As this election season gets uglier and more disappointing, I’m reminded of how important it is to remember there are people in this country who set amazing examples of good character. David Brooks, New York Times columnist and best selling author, wrote a book called, The Road to Character that looks into the lives of some Americans who, through effort, came to exemplify the values most Americans hold dear. He humbly challenged himself and readers to readjust our efforts away from “resume” virtues (wealth, fame, and status) and to focus more on “eulogy” values (kindness, bravery, honesty, faithfulness). What would you want people to say at your funeral? What would you like your kids to value and what character traits would you like them to demonstrate as they emerge as adults?
YOU SEE, BRINGING UP CHILDREN IS NOT ALL WIPING SNOT AND PASSING OUT FRUIT SNACKS. THE TRULY CHALLENGING PART ABOUT RAISING KIDS IS TEACHING THEM HOW TO BE DECENT HUMAN BEINGS.
I was fortunate enough to have my story about character and purpose included among many people far more worthy than I on Mr. Brooks’ blog for The Road to Character. In addition to the people and processes he details in his book, his blog features ordinary Americans who have found purpose in doing the right thing.
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up amidst all the campaign news, have a read at #theroadtocharacter blog. My story about giving kids a conscience is here, but there are many more stories out there that will inspire you, and perhaps restore your faith in humanity.
*I’ve included the link to the book on Amazon, which technically pays me a tiny commission if you buy it. But, that’s not why I review or include products in my site.