You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukand other Amazon European sites
Others are often held up to us as an example – sometimes good, sometimes bad.
It is easy to look at someones work and see where they achieved more than we did, or less than we would have expected, and we can sometimes use these examples to improve ourselves.
But all too often we look up too much to our idols, and treat them as if they were without fault.
In fact, all of us, without exception, have some faults, some areas where we could improve – indeed, if we think otherwise about ourselves, we are in grave danger.
It is normal human nature to be pleased when we are held up as an example to others in a positive way.
We are rightly pleased that other people look to us as an example of what they could do, whether it be in our private life, or our business affairs.
It is also normal to wish to hide those things in our nature that are less praise-worthy.
We may hide these “failing” so well that other people only see the achievements, and we may begin to believe that we are truly as good as our public picture shows.
However, if we look up to someone as if they have no faults, then at the time where something less than perfect comes up, all our foundation of respect can go in an instant.
If we are the person being put on the pedestal as perfect, it can become increasingly hard to maintain that facade, and the higher they raise us, the further we have to fall.
It is hard to comprehend quite how hard it is to remain as the example for other people – it calls on a lot of strength of character to accept it, whilst remaining humble enough to admit our faults.
It is good to have an example in front of us – it is better to remember that this example only represents one part of the whole that is a real human being.
And, as has been said before, if I can’t be a shining example, at least I can be a flaming warning.