I asked my friends why they thought Michelle Obama was selected as the Most Admired Woman in America. They listed for me all the reasons they admired her:
- She’s nice
- She’s classy
- She’s kind
- She’s smart
- She’s compassionate
- She’s authentic
- She loves her family
- She’s educated
- She’s an advocate
- She’s dignified
- She’s a hard worker
- She’s got a good sense of humor
- She’s honest without ever being mean
- She’s fit
- She’s thoughtful, considerate
- She has humility & integrity
- She’s confident but not arrogant
- She’s intelligent but not haughty
- She’s resilient
- She cares for others
I don’t know if you make New Year’s Resolutions or not. I think I make them nearly every morning when I awake. I pray that I’ll get through the day being a little more kind, a little more graceful, a little less critical. The reason I have to do this daily is because I’m usually a miserable failure at being a better person. Still, the desire is there, the want to exists within me.
So I share this list with you, my friends, because I believe the “want to” exists within most of us, and because I think this list gives us all a roadmap for “Becoming” the sort of people that others admire.
Call it a “To Do List For Becoming Admired” if you like.
Of course, if you are reading this, chances are that I’m already an admirer of yours.
Wishing us all our best selves in 2019. I think it is shaping up to be a great year already. And you? What is it you are hoping for in 2019?
Karen Spears Zacharias is author of CHRISTIAN BEND, a novel, Mercer Univ. Press