It’s an old expression one doesn’t hear much any more, It is true, however, no matter how old it might be.
Actions reflect one’s character and beliefs while words can mask a person’s true feelings. Actions can define one’s character and just as the eyes are the window to the soul, so, too, can actions tell who a person is. And it cannot be hidden for long.
Each person has the capacity to influence others, and often does, without realizing it. There is no greater statement on one’s character than to have another say, “you are (or were) my role model.”
There are no medals, awards, accolades or honors that can match that short sentence. It means one has offered themselves as an example to be followed in character, manner and consideration for others.
For those who strive to be the best they can, who go about their daily lives with little thought about the effect their actions have on others, the realization that a difference was made in another’s life, just by example, is something no one can ever take away.
I have been blessed at least once. A man I served with some 40-plus years ago recently told me that exact thing. It caught me totally off guard. In looking back at that time, it made me wish I had been a little more circumspect in my behavior, a little more astute in my relationships and a lot wiser.
So, perhaps, a free word of advice without forgetting that folks generally get what they pay for.
A person never knows who is watching, never knows who is listening. It is always a wise choice when one tries to live by the Golden Rule.
Makes me wish I did it more often.