We sing to our children at bedtime, we know we must not be prideful, but we also know sometimes we have to shoot a mirror in a bar with a rifle to make a point.
Sing to your children at bedtime.
First, consider singing this simple song (sung here beautifully by Dick Van Dyke in “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”) to your children as you put them to bed. I have sung this song to my own small children at bedtime for years and they love it. I have included the lyrics at the end of this post so you can cut, paste and print them. Consider, too, watching this great movie with your own family.
Conquer your pride.
Second, we all know humility is the key that unlocks many problems, but it’s hard to know humility from false humility, pride from false pride. Roman Catholic priest Bishop Robert Barron has some useful thoughts on this question in this short (3:41) and very insightful video on how to conquer pride.
“You’re men, aren’t you?”
Finally, we must remember that sometimes the only answer to a problem is to ask yourself, “What would a self-respecting man do?” In this clip from an excellent and underrated movie, “Open Range,” a cowboy let’s his rifle do the talking for him.
You can always count on us at AM to advocate on men being stronger. Play the important role you are called to play, for nobody can do what you do, gentlemen. Nobody.
Be bold, be authentic, be masculine.
P.S. Here are those lyrics—
A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain softly blows o’er Lullaby Bay;
It fills the sails of boats that are waiting, waiting to sail your worries away.
It isn’t far to Hushabye Mountain and your boat waits down by the key.
The winds of night so softly are sighing, soon they will fly your troubles to sea.
So close your eyes on Hushabye Mountain, wave goodbye to cares of the day,
And watch your boat from Hushabye Mountain sail far away from Lullaby Bay.