Sometime around the middle of last November I began thinking about how my children are effected by the continual external influence they get from media, advertising, and people who do not have their best interests in mind. Children are always learning and sometimes they need a helping hand in the right direction. I realized that although my wife and I attempt to lead by example it would be helpful if we could do more.
Enter the quote of the week. After years of reading I had some favorite quotes that I had gathered from books, the interweb, and other sources. They sat dusty, hidden, and unloved in the bowels of my Mac. What my wife and I have been doing is printing out a quote each week and posting it on the refrigerator. Each Sunday we make up a new one. We try to choose a guiding principle or something relevant to a current event in the external world or within our family. I ask one of the kids to read it and then each day during the week we spend just a couple minutes focusing on it and how it applied during the day.
As an example here’s the quote hanging on my refrigerator as I type:
“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.” – Thomas Edison
I already have next weeks quote formatted and ready to go for next Sunday. The kids are getting into it and get a kick out of seeing the new nugget of wisdom each Sunday.
Do you have any favorite quotes? Lets hear them!