He Likes To Sweep
Even at my advanced age, I can still ride a bicycle, bait a fishing hook and effect simple repairs to mechanical things. These modest skills are the result of training; some came by way of direct instruction and others by observation. My father could fix anything! Sometimes he would give me direct step-by-step instructions and at other times I would sit in awe as I watched him disassemble a complex mechanical or electrical machine, and then reassemble it to its original state. His teaching reinforced the need to establish good habits; habits that have had a positive effect on my character.
C. H. Parkhurst said, “Character is, for the most part, simply habit become fixed.” I believe it is imperative that we establish good habits in children at the very onset of their lives. Why? Good habits are developed in the workshop of our daily lives; the activities of daily living. It is not in the great moment of trial and tribulation that character is built; that is only when our character is revealed. The habits that direct our lives and form our character are fashioned in the uneventful, commonplace routines of our daily activities. They are acquired by practice. The good habits of a child’s early training form the foundation for his future and sustain him in his later life.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) A few thousand years ago, King Solomon penned those words of wisdom. Simply put, “If you start right you are likely to stay right.”
Character is not something that can be obtained by ease. It cannot be purchased or acquired by osmosis. It is a reward derived from honest efforts in the completion of our daily tasks. We grow by mastering the tasks of daily living and in doing so, we develop character.
Maintaining good habits will strengthen our character, increase our influence for good, improve our example, enrich our lives, and enable us to accomplish those things others find difficult to achieve.
He likes to sweep! So we bought him a toddler-sized broom. I will encourage him to continue in a good habit.
Now go clean up your house and take on the day!
PS. Little John Terdy Macalinao is my adopted grandson…he adopted me.