Do you set a good example for others? Are you proud of your words and actions? As Albert Einstein accurately observed, setting a good example is the only means of influencing another person. A major cause of stress is trying to change someone. It’s hard enough to change yourself. It’s virtually impossible to change someone else.
Setting a good example isn’t an attempt to change someone. Rather, it’s showing by your words and deeds what is possible. Some people will pick up on your example while others won’t. You have no control over how other people act.
Regardless of how others see it, setting a good example always works to your benefit. Besides the possibility of influencing others, you attract positive people and situations by your positive actions.
Start setting a good example by always being courteous and polite to all those you come into contact with. Have respect for and show kindness to others. Even if you are treated poorly, resist the temptation to react in kind. I have seen this approach bring a smile to even the surliest individuals.
Have your life shine as an example to others. You don’t have to be perfect but you should always be striving to improve. Regardless of your past, you can direct your future in any direction you chose.