I sat outside on a warm sunny day while the neighborhood children were playing. I carried my bucket of soap and two pairs of shoes and began to scrub them. It didn’t take long for them to become curious. A little girl asked, “what are you doing?” I replied, “Well I’m cleaning my shoes because they’re dirty!” She answered “oh! Why?” I continued, “well when you get older your feet will stop growing and you won’t buy as many new shoes. Do You know how many one billion is? She shook her head. I continued, well neither do I! But that’s how many pieces of garbage are floating in the ocean right now! You see I’m washing these shoes because I don’t want them to get lost in the Ocean. That’s how Whales get sick and die. She looked at me with a smile and said yes I know Whales! Turtles too!!
Some people say the problem with kids these days it’s their sense of entitlement. They lack discipline when they’re entirely capable and have a general unwillingness to fend for themselves. But, western world children
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is the door to possibilities, it is where creativity, ingenuity, and thinking outside the box begins for a child’s development”.Einstein
Children show their parents a need to embrace the ordinary, live in the present and demonstrate empathy. Yet, we`re raising them in a world on a path without reverence for life or compassion for beings. E
Here are three books that will help motivate parents to become more conscious of everyday choices. They give us a new perspective in a world where we’re taught to be a certain way. Life’s challenges could use a new perspective when times are tough!
Parents allow your children to change your life
Children use their imagination to learn new behaviors by experimenting with who they want to be at any moment. A Firefighter, Hairdresser, Doctor, Policeman or Movie Star they play these roles to develop thinking and develop feelings of empathy.
These continuous adventures wear on parents when tending to medial tasks. Children must finish their dinner, do their homework or pick up after themselves.
However, if we let children be themselves, they’ll teach us to connect with our own selves and embrace the ordinary. Dr. Shefali Tsabary who wrote the book “>the Conscious Parent says, ” The grave ailment of modern society is our grave inability to be with ourselves.” She says If we’re connected with our inner being we wouldn’t have this manic search for power that’s destroying the Planet.
Embrace the ordinary.
There is fast and often aggressive imagery on television, fast music, fast internet. You name it the faster the better! From young to old Doctors are seeing more people come to them with anxieties, sleep disorders, obesity, depression, and ADD. (Attention Deficit Disorder)
This is all because generations have shaped the modern world for convenience, comfort, instant gratification, continuous pleasure and no limits to success. Parents want to hand down to children, their customs h
For adults, sometimes the best way to shake up thoughts and think outside the box is to go with some sage advice. This raw, refreshing and honest book “>The subtle art of not giving
It’s ok if life hasn’t given you exactly what you want if you look around you’ll see life will give you just what you need. (Yes this was in a song!) Once we realize it’s good enough, then we can look beyond ourselves and help those that need it the most.
It’s okay to be angry.
Working towards a sustainable future and changing daily habits can make many feel helpless. The issue is so complex and overwhelming that if it crosses our minds it’s quickly tucked back into the recesses of our brains leaving us numbed and feeling powerless.
Society generally looks at those that repress their feelings and remain quiet as acceptable. However, studies show that people that suppress emotion become numb to life, lose their meaning in life, and lose touch of what is important to them limiting their personal goals.
It`s ok to use feelings and it’s important to share them with family members in order for our essential beings to grow.
“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength”.Oprah Winfrey
Coming to our senses
Embrace a good read that will create an understanding
Children use memories of experiences through time to help them navigate through familiar and unfamiliar territory. Their internal guide or moral compass is also composed of advice from trusted people, images on television, and books they’ve read.
Every adult has this internal voice of reason. Having a chance to get out and be heard matters but many remain silent. We all know what’s important for our family at the end of the day. We work hard trying to make the best decisions.
However, It’s imperative that we see empathy for the world and stop the destructive path we`re heading down. Embrace our anger know that it’s possible to feel a whole range of emotions while expressing them in positive ways. We have the power to make subtle changes every time we open our hearts and our wallets. This is the power you have to change your life.