Which Type of Person Are You?

Published on April 11, 2012 by in Modeling Behaviors

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I went for a walk in the woods the other day with Mr. 4 & Ms. 2 to explore. While exploring around a small lake, we saw this beautiful little flower smiling at us with a piece of trash right next to it. That’s when it hit me. In this kind of situation, there are 4 types of people:

  • Type 1 walks by quickly without notice, preoccupied by thought and not fully seeing and experiencing the world around them.
  • Type 2 notices the flower, smiles & walks on.
  • Type 3 notices the trash, frowns & walks on.
  • Type 4 notices the flower, smiles, and picks up the piece of trash.

I know these are sweeping generalizations, but who cares.

Speaking for myself, I can be all 4 types in any given day. The beautiful thing about this is realizing that it’s a choice. As often as I’m able to recognize what’s going on, I try to embody type 4.

Exploring through the woods with kids makes this easier to do because everything becomes fun, interesting and fascinating. When I’m with them, I tend to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and curiosity that’s all around. This is a gift they give me without even knowing it, and because of them I take this gift into other areas of my life.

The kids insist on bringing a small trash bag every time we go on a walk. It has become a game, a treasure hunt – except the treasure is actually trash with an opportunity to leave a place better than we found it. They help me to be the kind of person I want to be, which allows me to model the behaviors and values I want to see in them.

Habits and distractions are powerful, yet we always have a choice. As often as possible, I try to choose with intention. What about you?

Stay tuned for the Podcast page (coming soon), where I’ll share great stories about growing with children!

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