My baby brother turns 34 years old today.
He is so rad.
Totally awesome, actually.
He has been my best friend most my life.
My trusted advisor. My frequent collaborator. My constant inspiration.
Over a decade ago, he told a story.
He had just returned from the grocery store. As he collected his change from the checker and was headed towards his car. he saw that he wasnâ€™t charged for one of his items.
What to do?
Go back and ask them to ring up the item? Or enjoy the free carton of eggs?
His answer: â€œI spoke up, politely pointed out the mistake, and paid for the eggs.â€
A friend gave a little laugh and made fun of him.
He paused for a second and said, â€œWhen faced with a choice like that, I try to make the decision as if my future child was there watching me.â€
I love that. Donâ€™t look at the punishment or consequencesâ€¦donâ€™t look to external rulesâ€¦simply think about the legacy of your choices.
Now, 10 years later, his â€œfuture childâ€ is about to turn 1 year old.
And it is an absolute joy to see his philosophy in practice.
He is the man I admire most.
And he has grown into the father I admire most, too.
Happy Birthday, Baby Brother! Keep shining your light!