Growing up, it was hard not to roll our eyes when teachers used to tell us we had to set an example for the younger kids. The way I saw it, the last thing I was interested in was what the younger kids were doing and I found it hard to believe that our actions were all that fascinating to them either.
But regardless of who was right, the idea of setting an example can be important to consider in our adult lives. For instance, one of the fastest ways to lose somebody's respect is to insist that they live a certain lifestyle and then not live it yourself.
And one mayor in Massachusetts just confirmed what a positive example of this looks like.