17: Do As I Do

17: Do As I Do

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom

Do As I Do

I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world.

~Misha Collins

About a year ago, I was walking out of the grocery store and noticed an elderly woman putting groceries in her car. Instinctively, I walked up to her and offered to put away her shopping cart. She was pleasantly surprised and more than happy to receive my help.

After I put away her shopping cart, I got in my car, looked over at my daughter and came to a touching realization.

My mother never explicitly said to me, “Whenever you see an elderly person putting away his or her groceries, offer assistance by putting away the shopping cart.” Instead, I learned the art of compassion and empathy through my mother’s actions.

As I gazed into my daughter’s eyes, I silently prayed, “Please let me be the kind of mother who teaches my daughter the most valuable life lessons through my actions, not just my words.” If I instill half as many values within my girls as my mom instilled within her children, I know they will turn out just fine.

~Denise LaRosa

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