We live in a time where the ways we are used to doing things are rapidly breaking down and changing before our eyes. Former standard operating procedures no longer apply when it comes to moving forward as a society.
But this presents an opportunity that is not only not a bad thing, but that we can learn, grow, and change from.
B.A. Sheppard on his Instagram made this point through the lens of his son cutting the grass on his lawnmower.
Sheppard, smiling into the camera, says that while his son's method of getting the grass cut is what he would think of as unorthodox, he's in no place to judge.
"He's cutting the grass and zig zagging all over the place. And you know what?"
"It's perfectly fine. While I might have cut in a certain pattern, he's doing his thing in the way that he wants to do it."
"And it's totally okay. He is getting the grass cut."
"It may not be dad's way, but he's getting it done. And therein is the honor of the opportunity."
I love this. Happy thought of the day for parents. https://t.co/E5dXxDU25T— Tonya Reiman (@Tonya Reiman) 1596379962.0
Teach and encourage your kids to think on their own and not to simply repeat what you have done https://t.co/oYCsEj8R7J— Hey Stripes (@Hey Stripes) 1596385431.0
Honor of the Opportunity. Such a great thought! https://t.co/ZdGSHkl6ns— Robert Yocum 📎🌍🗽 (@Robert Yocum 📎🌍🗽) 1596385674.0
The honor of the opportunity. I love this perspective! #TikTok https://t.co/i9KbxViV1n— Lindsay Brock (@Lindsay Brock) 1596378194.0
Dad FTW The honor of the opportunity. #inspirational https://t.co/nj0MjbFeRY— YᴏMʀBᴜʙʙᴀ giving #Esports Scholarships (@YᴏMʀBᴜʙʙᴀ giving #Esports Scholarships) 1595017309.0
Sheppard notes the importance of allowing someone to learn by doing things their own way:
"As a young man, I don't need him doing things exactly the way I did it..."
"Right now, it seems like he's just cutting grass."
"But in my mind, because I know my son wants to be an engineer, I see his mind at work and I know that what he is producing now… it's going to help him in the future."
As an expecting father and an educator, this man spoke to me. The honor of the opportunity: https://t.co/F3KXJl9ZTQ @bashepp— Darryl Legaspi (@Darryl Legaspi) 1595348391.0
Love this! The honor of the opportunity https://t.co/KUd7SuBc7k— Abbie Edwards (@Abbie Edwards) 1595508801.0
The Honor of the Opportunity - the greatest "gift" a parent can give to their sons/ daughters is LIBERTY to decid… https://t.co/67pnrEZbCG— PacaBear🐻 (@PacaBear🐻) 1596251887.0
The honor of the opportunity. I love everything about this speech, especially that smile and THAT hat..! https://t.co/zfPTZbO18H— David Erhard (@David Erhard) 1595281376.0
The honor of the opportunity ✨⭐️🌟 hell yes!!! https://t.co/xNM5KKL3wA— Lloyd Christmas (@Lloyd Christmas) 1595276760.0
The importance of somebody learning to forge their own path is important.
When they are on their own without their parents, they'll know how to rely on themselves to problem-solve.
On the honor of the opportunity. On allowing people to do things for themselves and learn from that. 👇 See this In… https://t.co/IQJegfBLsS— Rui Pacheco (@Rui Pacheco) 1595952214.0
Think about the honor of the opportunity 🤯 https://t.co/9SlH0cUif6— TraderMigs (@TraderMigs) 1595611229.0
“Think about the honor of the opportunity,...” https://t.co/KYEDf71vFh— Vic Rasco (@Vic Rasco) 1595962082.0
Sheppard, a consultant and coach, has a lot of content on his Instagram giving insightful thoughts about each moment in life and turning it into a learning moment.
The honor of the opportunity awaits you.