Good role models are hardly perfect individuals with perfect thoughts and behavior; they are human beings who dare to let their lives speak for them. Their lives are worthy of emulation. They "demonstrate" a sermon rather than give one, which is more effective and less agonizing. Although we don't always realize it, we can inspire and influence those around us in simple, meaningful ways on a daily basis. We also want to be open to those in our midst who offer us their wisdom, learning, and positive response to life.
In Models in Our Midst, Joyce Shultz shares her personal stories as an educator, psychotherapist, parent, and grandparent. She describes the impact others have had on her-how they have molded the way she thinks and reacts to her environment. The process is ongoing. She continues to be influenced by her younger grandchildren, who live in the moment, and her older friends, who adjust to and cope with the issues of aging while remaining vital and involved, continuing to grow in spirit.