Ben Roethlisberger…Chris Brown…Tiger Woods.
These are just three people who have recently packed their bags for abrupt falls from grace, in many eyes, as role models.
The mission of RoleModel.net is: “to promote the idea that there is within each of us the ability to inspire those around us by living a life that is more outward focused than inward focused. By being selfless, we can do our part to make the world a better place, spreading love and hope through our daily actions. It is not only by what we say but more importantly by the life that we live out that shows what each of us is made of.”
I really like this. I like it a lot.
It says that being a role model has nothing to do with the trappings of money and fame, but is more an extension of who you are as a person. Granted, the lives of some celebritites are lived under intense pressures and scrutiny of countless paparazzi and the media. That being said, many famous people seem to be handling it just fine, and remain firmly rooted in the role model category.
How about YOU? Does your life fit the role model definition, according to the website?
Here are recent examples of people whom I consider to be role models:
Carissa Moore, a 17-year-old Hawaiian surfer who donated her $15,000 weekend winnings to a New Zealand childrens’ surfing club.
NH Fisher Cats (AA baseball team), Airport Diner and The NH Speedway. These organizations, and many others, contributed desperately-needed resources to repair South Little League (in Manchester NH) after vandals destroyed it (yet again). To everyone who helped out in the repairs by donating your time or money: THANK YOU!
You don’t have to be famous to be a role model. To be honest, I feel the best role models are those who quietly live their lives, leaving examples of generosity, peace and love in their wake, every day.
The world is watching and waiting, every day, thirsting for more of them to show up.
How could you be a better role model, starting today?