Kindness, generosity, and compassion...those are the words I want to talk about.
I've had a lot of time to think lately...maybe too much time, but I've come to the conclusion that those three words (ACTION WORDS) are the most important things that I can teach my child. I believe in hard work, independence, resiliency, curiosity, and perseverance. All of these things I of course intend to pass on to my daughter, but all of these things are of no importance to me if she does not embody and practice each and every day KINDNESS, GENEROSITY, AND COMPASSION.
In this day and age of bullying, disrespect for others, and outright hate I cannot imagine a better thing to teach children. It seems as if kindness is the foundation to everything else we teach our children. And let me clarify...when I say kindness I do not mean a passive kindness. I don't mean a simple hello or smile or good behavior. I mean the kind of person who sticks up for others. The kind of person who is the first one in line to help someone...or even a person who doesn't wait in line to help others at all...they jump in feet first and stand next to someone who needs support or assistance. I mean the kind of person who is there for others in a way that others don't even know of (ie by sending thoughtful prayers and thoughts and positive energy to others).
I cannot express in words how strongly I feel about this subject of kindness. Even to this day I believe one person can make a difference, a huge difference in this world. I think the number one way for us to make a difference is to be kind. Kindness has a ripple effect. We've all seen it happen. Someone waves kindly for us to pull out in front of them while driving and later on we can't help but do the same for a fellow driver. We've all experienced these kinds of small acts and we've all felt moved by them.
I especially feel that it's imperative that we teach our girls kindness. I think girls are very hard on themselves and even more so on each other. That being said...I think that when you feel the powerful friendship, trust, and support of a girl (woman) that it can lift you in ways that no other relationship can. Women are very strong and powerful creatures and I can't imagine what a world full of supportive and kind women could accomplish. I want my daughter to be a part of a world like that...I want her to be a leader in a world like that. So it's going to have to start with her...moreover me teaching her.
AND RIGHT HERE...A GUY IN HOODED SWEATSHIRT RUNS BY MY TABLE AT STARBUCKS AND SWIPES MY iPHONE OFF OF MY TABLE AND RUNS OUT WITH PEOPLE CHASING AFTER HIM....
Story to be continued....time to talk to cops.