That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime- to set an example- and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history. < William McKinley
What is an example? Who can be an example? Are you an example? If so, what kind of example do you set for others? Do you set this example every day in every way? Or are you the type that sees one good deed or gift as being an example?
In general there are two types of examples, one positive, one negative. The positive example is the one who just does what they do on a normal basis. Their light from within shines without their conscious effort. They tend to want to uplift, encourage, inspire, and help.
Then there is a negative example. This type wants only one thing, to look out for themselves, their number one. These people may try to appear like they are generous but, as we all know, appearances can’t be kept up forever and are often very deceiving.
Anyone can be an example. No matter how small or large, how weak or strong, how rich or poor. All that is required is attitude and energy. Attitude and energy are very pliable things. They can be adjusted to fit our way of life. They are a matter of decision. We choose every single day what they will be used for.
Even on our worst days, these two properties can be used for the greater good. There are days when I can’t even imagine being able to set a good example for others and yet, somehow, someone says that I have. There are days when I just want to not even be a part of humanity yet, because of who I am as a person, people find me. They look to my heart for their example.
Just as I do. This is why being an example is not a part-time position. It is an every day job. It is an every day blessing. It is like an invisible cloak that we wear constantly, even in the shower. Something you can’t shake off. It is a responsibility that we all share yet only some take to heart.
To me, letting that light from within shine outwardly, on a daily basis, is what being a lightworker is. Not some crazy cult or fancy religion. Not some spacey spirituality. Not an actual option. It is letting that light shine freely. It is allowing others to see it. It is being an everyday example, for the positive. It is allowing others to feel free to let their lights shine also. By example, by showing how normal it can be. By being me.
A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not. < Albert Einstein
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. < Edmund Burke
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. < Albert Schweitzer
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with it an incalculable influence. < Christian Nestell Bovee
Personally I do not resort to force – not even the force of law — to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example. < Rutherford Hayes