By Stephen Walton © 2012
We generally consider it to be the actions of being friendly, generous and considerate of others….
But… its true meaning exceeds beyond ones typical perception and understanding of the word.
Our intent is to shed light on its importance and suggest ways of teaching your children through practicing and modeling its hallmarks.
In doing so, you employ many of its composed virtues, such as:
Love, compassion, empathy, caring, thoughtfulness, fairness, understanding and respect for others.
These virtues develop the internal character traits that lead to a life of internal peace and happiness.
"Kindness is the spirit in which we are to live. Our lives are never full and abundant until the spirit of kindness is our ordinary way of living".
- Sheldon B. Stephenson -
The noted American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was quoted as saying:
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."
We are all familiar with the power that random acts have on encouraging others to reciprocate, spreading its benefits to all corners of the earth.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
With all the world stresses like:
hunger, disease, violence, social injustice, war, to global warming and environmental deterioration, it is now more than ever, a time for change.
I personally feel distressed to have been part of a generation that has contributed to such devastating destruction of our environment.
We have been complacent in our responsibility and have set a poor example.
It's important to teach your children to be respectful of all life's wonders. They must not only express love of humanity, but have great respect for the beauty of nature in all its forms….
Plants, animals, the earth in all its beauty and breathtaking landscape.
Don't miss this inspiring video with Johnny Reid
"Try to Change the World"
created by: Pacos Studios.
The most important element of "Positive Parenting" is being a positive role model for your children.
"Walk your talk"
Set an example for your children, open your heart with genuine love through acts of caring and compassion for both nature and all of humanity.
Demonstrate that with no thought or expectation of reward, their soul will be nourished and lead to immense happiness within.
If properly articulated and practiced on a daily basis you will undoubtedly increase the
likelihood of raising your child to be well-liked, respected and admired
Do this…. and you are well on your way to becoming a "Wonderful Parent"
And Remember This…
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
- Aesop -
The following articles will provide some "Food for Thought"
and provide ideas for guiding your children.