“Helping Men and Boys Live long, Happier and Healthier Lives”
By Terry Orr
This theme above simply was not something in my younger years considered. Instead, focus and priorities were duty, God, country and taking care of your family – in that order. Role models were a figment of one’s imagination – you simply considered the facts and made your best decision based upon them.
Family time was mandatory in our home. We all sat down to supper as a family – the kids cleaned up afterwards and did homework. At 7 PM (central time) we sat around in the family room and watch two hours of ‘family TV’ programs – Walt Disney; Ed Sullivan Show,; I Love Lucy; Danny Thomas Show, Andy Griffith Show; Red Skelton Hour; Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Beverly Hillbillies; Dick Van Dyke; Donna Reed and My Three Sons; Bob Hope; Jackie Gleason and Gunsmoke rounded our weekly entertainment. Sunday morning was Church – all hands participated without question.
Today – we need to take better care of ourselves, find balance and provide our children and families better role models and be activity involved in their total development. This will help enable men to be happier, healthier and have a more rewarding and longer life.
- Improving male life expectancy;
- Helping men get help;
- Improving boy’s education;
- Tackling tolerance of violence against men and boys; and
- Promoting fathers and positive male role models.
The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day include focusing on:
- Men’s and boys' health;
- Improving gender relations;
- Promoting gender equality; and
- Highlighting positive male role models.
It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values. (Source: Wikipedia)
From my perspective, today is about focusing on all men being Positive Male Role Models – setting the example for all young people to follow.
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