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March 20, 2010 – Thoughts On Being a Role Model

March 20, 2010

I honestly couldn’t believe it when I checked to see how long it had been since I made a blog entry.  I figured it had probably been a few weeks, but to my amazement it was January 30?!  Even though it has been a tough time for me the last few months, especially healthwise, time continues to go amazingly fast.  How could I have abandoned my fans for so long? (ha, ha).  First of all,  just to update you on my health situation: believe it or not, I still have no firm answer as to what is causing the headaches and pulling/tugging sensations in my head.  I have an appointment with a neurologist next month, so hopefully that will lead to something.  As I have mentioned before, all the tests so far have come back OK, and my doctor has told me that many times causes of headaches do not show up on tests, so the saga continues.  I appreciate everyone’s patience with me during this time, and hopefully sooner rather than later I’ll be back up to snuff.

As far as other health points, my blood pressure and blood sugar are still in check, and as of my doctor’s visit a few days ago I have lost 33 pounds.  Several people have remarked to me how good I look (thanks for lying), and I guess as the character Fernando the Love Doctor from Saturday Night Live always said – “it’s better to look mahvelous than to feel mahvelous”.  I have joked to people that I didn’t have to give anything up for Lent – I was already off sugar, most fried foods, and I never did drink much alcohol, so I had nothing left to give!

On to other topics.  It seems not one day goes by that we don’t hear of a famous person getting into trouble for something.  There has been the whole Tiger Woods saga, and this past week the 57 year old MANAGER of the Texas Rangers admitted to using cocaine.  And on and on and on.  I have noticed a pattern in many of these situations:  that an apology doesn’t come until after the person has been caught or has tested positive, and that the apologies never mention anything about how kids should not pattern their lives after this kind of behavior.  I’m sure many famous people and athletes do not consider themselves to be role models, but the fact is that all of us are role models, whether we are famous or not.  Kids are impressionable people, and what they see us doing, they will think is OK.  This is one reason that I enjoy being a religion teacher – it gives me a chance to tell kids about the ultimate role model that all of us have in Jesus. 

All of us make mistakes.  I have made plenty.  But God gives us the gift of repentance of our mistakes, and a chance to make things right.  My hope is that when one of these famous people makes an apology for their indiscretions, that it doesn’t take the tone of “I’m sorry, I got caught and now I have to stand here and sound like I’m sorry so people will like me again,” but that they take the tone of “I genuinely realize that I have done something wrong, and that kids may see what I have done and think it is OK, and I want to set the record straight and tell them that what I did was wrong and I will do my best not to let it happen again.”

A few random thoughts to close.  First, I want to genuinely thank everyone who worked so hard and gave so generously toward our dinner/auction.  The dedication of the people of our parish is a great thing to behold, and if people want to find role models, they do not have to look far in our community. 

Secondly, thanks again for continuing to support our website and for spreading the word about it.  We had a lot of traffic this past week, and we got our first mention on the billboard in town!  Awesome.  I know I have not kept up with it as much as I have wanted to since my health problems began, but I’m glad to see people still using it.  As always, your suggestions are always welcome and your photos and information about parish events are welcome also.  One thing I have started thinking about is the possibility of setting up a means for people to donate to the parish online.  More on this later.

Thanks for checking in and reading.  I hope my next blog is more timely than this one was.  Thanks again for your prayers and support.  Enjoy Spring!  Peace.