Kids are watching. Maybe they aren’t listening, but that are watching. What you teach reaches them by what you do.
Do you teach love?
Do you teach acceptance of others’ differences?
Do you teach judgment, that your way is the only way?
Do you make fun of others?
Do you call names?
Do you bait others with nasty comments?
Do you show rage?
Are you a sourpuss?
Or do you inspire and encourage others?
Do you model generous behavior by giving of yourself in whatever way you can?
We make this a better world one by one, each of us doing our part to help others. To think of the bigger picture. To accept those who are different. To keep our commentary civil.
And the biggest gift of all is to give of ourselves.
I saw that firsthand when I sat with my mother for the better part of her final year on earth. Being there and giving what I could–laughs, support, conversation–was the most important thing I did that year. I saw it again 20 years later when I spent years supporting a friend in her final illnesses.
And that’s why I founded A Healing Spirit: to provide ways people can support their loved ones who are healing or grieving. There is no more important role we can play in the world.
I’d love to know what you’ve done to help others, too. In the Comments below, say a few words about what you teach by what you do–who knows, you might inspire someone else to do the same!