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• “I’ll just never see eye to eye with my parents.” “But you’re 40 and they’re almost 80.” “Well, they ought to think about that.” “Shouldn’t you be thinking about that?”

• “I refuse to talk to my sister after what she said in 1997!” “Yeah, but the reason she said what she said in 1997 is because of what you did. You just don’t want to face her.” “That’s her problem!” “No–I think it’s yours since she turned out to be right.”

See? Merely insert old Jiminy Cricket whispering to Pinocchio, and suddenly things begin to get better. It’s amazing how such a simple thing brings about the right behavior. Winston Churchill once said, “The only guide to man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations, but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.”

So what does all of this mean? Don’t look to sports and movie idols for virtue, my friends. Look within and bring out the moral fiber that you want your children to exemplify throughout their lives. It can be so very contagious.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com.

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