Will the REAL MEN PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stand up?
(Don’t wait until 2016 to be better…)
Divorce rates, single parent households, and broken homes are at an all-time high; and that's some clue about the state of relationships these days which undoubtedly has its impact on the modern family (whether dysfunctional, dismantled, disappeared, or defunct). If children are being raised in families that lack love and balance and healthy examples, then it should be no shock if they go on to live similar kinds of lives. The paradigm, or should I say baggage, we inherit from the ones that raise us is no joke. At some point we have to decide, enough! I know that all of us may not be brave enough or even mentally ready to make the shift all at once, but for the individuals that do have the courage to go right when the rest of the world seems to be going left, I’m asking you to do it for the future of our world.
Remember, the world can only be as good as the people in it, so let’s be the examples we wish the world had more of. By doing the work to improve ourselves as individuals we show the youth how incredible and beautiful we CAN be and life can be. Without OUR REAL examples, we are just crossing our fingers and hoping things get better. THAT’S A SORRY STRATEGY! As I write this, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes…
"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman
It is not our job to go and fix the youth, like we so often attempt, especially when we haven’t managed to notice the need for our own repair. Our first responsibility as REAL MEN is to fix ourselves. Thurman’s quote shows us the cure, which is to come alive. Self-improvement is all about coming alive. Self-improvement leads to self-love, the most important relationship of them all, and anyone who truly loves himself lives to be alive! That’s what young people need to witness first-hand, then they’ll know. Self-improvement is what REAL MEN do.
Since I'm a man, I'm putting the onus on men. Men aren't to blame, necessarily, but we men have to recognize our part in this mess and own up to and take responsibility for our part. Let’s learn to love ourselves the right way first, so that when we love our women we love them right. If we don't then we will just be allowing more children to be born into situations and homes with weak examples and with less than optimum love and they will be, by their inheritance, more than likely set to repeat and perpetuate the same because that will be what they know.
Somebody has to be wise enough, courageous enough, and strong enough to step up to break the cycle – Why not you? Why not us? I'm asking you to be a cycle breaker with me. The world needs us!
Visit me at www.damongivehand.com where I focus on self-improvement through SUCCESS in 3 key areas of life: Health, Wealth, & Purpose. As we master these three areas, we find more happiness. I call these three key areas the happiness trifecta. If we master these in our own lives, then we can pass that on to our youth, who are the future.
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