“America’s leadership in the world resembles a relay race. A Secretary, a President, a generation are all handed the baton and asked to run a leg of the race as well as we can, and then we hand off the baton to our successors.”
When I read that, I immediately thought about it’s application to parenting. We parents are charged with what is arguably the most important job on the planet and I genuinely believe that all parents begin the journey (or race!) wanting to be the best parents we can be. We strive to impart as much wisdom as we are capable, and instill all the important character traits in our children that we know to be right and true. Hopefully, somewhere along the way, these character traits were modeled for us… by either a parent, caregiver, teacher, mentor or coach.
This is a vivid reminder that life is a marathon and not a sprint and that it is truly never too late to join the race and become part of a successful “relay”. One in which we eventually pass the baton to our kids in hopes of someday seeing them as successful, responsible citizens and parents themselves.
As I prepare my summer reading lists for both kids and parents (coming next week), I will certainly be including Hard Choices. Regardless of your political beliefs or alignments, reading the recently released memoir of the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State should not be a hard choice at all!