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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Role Models

I recently heard that Rihanna received some criticism for being a poor role model to which her response was...
"See, people ... they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. But no, I just want to make music. That's it."

I thought this response was rather disappointing.  We are all role models.  We are all examples of how life can be lived.  Now whether we are good examples or not can be argued.  But like it or not you are a role model simply by your very existence.  I often consider what kind of role model I am for my kids but don't often think about how I may effect others.  I was blessed to receive the following note from a friend and former colleague a while ago after a brief visit.

"Sooo glad I got to see you! Your hair is so long! I love it! I just wanted to tell you real quick that you are such a great person! Your so loving, caring, and friendly and I really look up to you! You are just the perfect role model to me of what kind of wife, mother, and friend I want to be!! You are beautiful inside and out! I cant believe how much I miss talking to you everyday and sharing our life stories and problems LOL! Well just wanted to tell you how I felt since I don't see you everyday anymore!"
I was totally humbled and floored at the same time when I received this.  Yes, there were some tears involved...I'm a crier what can I say?  I have NEVER received something so nice and will forever treasure this note and my sweet friend Kelly who wrote it ;) 

It was so cool that I received this note on the same day that I received a lovely one from someone I consider to be one of my role models....Miss Kelley from Kelley's Kids & etc.  Since meeting Kelley in blog world, she has quickly become a friend and someone I admire greatly.  She approaches life with humor, grace, and a whole lot of faith.  I love reading her posts.  She has also shared with me through emails and reached out to me in support of my desire to grow my faith. 

She gifted me with this lovely Bible and I can't tell you how much that show of support and all her prayers for me have impacted my life.  To reach out like that to someone you don't even "know"....that is the kind of giving heart I want to have.  She is such an encouragement to me as a mother, friend, and daughter of Christ.  She is a truly remarkable woman whom I hope to know for a long time to come :)

What role models do you admire in your life?


  1. That is no surprise coming from Rhianna. I am continually disappointed in how she abuses her platform. I don't think she realizes that she is a role model whether she likes it or not.

    Beautiful reflecting points and a great reminder we are all called to lead in some way or other.

  2. :) This post makes me smile... all except for the Rhianna part, lol.

    I'm glad your friend sent you that note -- you should know how awesome you are! :) Even though I only know you through "blog world", I can't say that anything in there was not true.

    I hope you have a good Wednesday! :)

  3. Wow, that is so incredibly sweet of her to write that! Makes my heart melt. I worry about the musicians/actors my child will look up to and I damn sure won't let her envy people like Rhianna! The blog world is an amazing place to connect with great people. That was such a thoughtful gift!

  4. What a wonderful compliment to you, but I would have to say that I agree with everything she wrote completely because you are a wonderful and incredible woman! I think it's true that we are all role models whether we want to be or not. Hope you're having a great weekend!

  5. this is so true about role models. what a wonderful gift, the best gift!

  6. ..."totally humbled and floored...and yes, there were tears involved" - my thoughts exactly! oh girl! you have no idea how i needed to hear this. actually read this the other night when i was really down on myself. your sweet sweet words were encouragement and affirmation and healing for my out-of-focus mind. thank you just doesn't seem like enough. but thank you! love and prayers ~ k


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