December 20

We've got to work to save our
children and do it with full respect
for the fact that if we do not,
no one else is going to do it.

Dorothy Height


Today's Meditation:

"Save our children"?  It's a frightening thought that they may need saving, but as a teacher, I see every day that she's right.  Save them from what?, you may ask.  The list is rather lengthy:  Save them from the addictive behaviors they learn from us, from the low self-esteem that constant criticism has brought them, from the lack of caring that they've learned from us, from the self-destructive behaviors that they've learned, from the desire to deceive and hide that they've also learned from us.

Most of the behaviors that we've grown up with, positive, negative and neutral, we learned from our parents or other adults.  For those who had nurturing, loving parents, sometimes it's difficult to understand how people can grow up with so much anger and fear in their hearts.  But that's just what many of us grew up with due to the behaviors of our parents, which included alcohol and drug abuse, violence, lack of caring, lack of respect, lack of nurturing, lack of money for the basic needs, and many other problems that taught us that the world is a place to be feared, that lack is a way of life, that anyone against us must be put in their place.

If we're ever going to turn this world around, we must be patient and start with the children.  We must nurture them and teach them about love and respect, and we must treat them with dignity and respect.  The world won't change in a day, but if we don't start trying to help our kids out, the world shall never change. 

There are many, many people who have devoted their lives to trying to help children to grow up into healthy, happy adults.  These people do great work in a job that is extremely trying and that leads to very early burn-out.  They need our help.  They need us to help the kids in our lives to grow up with encouragement, love, and strong role models who are willing to share their lives and their thoughts with some kids.  It really is the only way that the human world ever will transform into a kinder, more gentle place.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to keep out of our minds just what's happening to the children in our world?

Why do so few parents seem to understand what it takes to be effective parents?

How was your life when you were growing up?  If it was good, are you sharing that same kind of life with some kids?  If it was bad, are you trying to help some kids avoid that kind of life?

For further thought:

If we are to reach real peace in the world,
we shall have to begin with children.

Mohandas Gandhi


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