Note: the video has been changed. I was told that my first was like a feel-good e-mail message. That was enough for me; I changed the video immediately. I removed the cheese.
What we do in life is important. We've all heard of the "Butterfly Effect." If conditions are right, small actions have big effects.
Your actions reverberate in the world much longer than you would ever imagine. You truly are more powerful than you think.
This post and the video were inspired by a passage in the book The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. Troubled by the unfairness of the biblical injunction that wicked acts by the fathers will be visited upon the children to the third and fourth generation, Jacobs, after much thought, arrived at a generous interpretation, and came to appreciate the passage with his new insight.
As a young boy I, too, was troubled by the unfairness of this Biblical passage. My mother had an interpretation which was in agreement with Jacobs. Years later I chatted with a minister who would go on to become a bishop and he confirmed my mother's interpretation.
Our actions influence others. A father's bad actions set a bad example not just for his children but for generations to come. Set a bad example and your children and your children's children may very well suffer.
But why stop with fathers?