We are deep into some serious fall foliage glory for Fall Break right now (too many pictures coming soon), but I’ve been thinking, as we have been surrounded by college kids here in Utah the last couple days (the college kids I know and also the ones I don’t), about the tremendous potential they have to make contributions in the world.
Oh, they will make them in such a vast variety of ways depending on their interests, but isn’t that just so cool to think about? All these branches heading off into different avenues of the world and the POWER they have to make a difference.
Do they know it, that power they have? Or does it take years to understand?
Probably different for everyone, but it’s a beautiful thing.
My cousin told me a story the other day of two friends in high school and how one asked the other to “pinky promise” her that he wouldn’t get caught up in the drugs and alcohol his friends were starting to dive into (he had no religious “guidelines” pushing him that way). And that friendship was so strong that he was loyal to that promise. All these years later, he is still holding true to that promise he made as a fifteen-year-old.
Will that girl ever really understand the power of that seemingly small contribution?
I don’t know, but there is so much power right there.
I think it is the goal of most parents to raise their kids to be contributing members of society.
And this week, the In the Arena with the Eyre Sisters podcast episode is about just that: the word CONTRIBUTE and what it meant to our family growing up…and what it has evolved to mean for each of our own families.
I have talked about our family motto here on the blog before:
(That post includes the one we grew up with as well as the one Dave and I have hanging in our own house.)
If you listen, you will get all our thoughts, and hear more of the background, but I want to reiterate what we say there: we are sure still trying to learn this stuff.
There was a great comment on the @eyresisters Instagram account last week after the “broaden” episode from a mom who taught her kids kindness as a way to “broaden” their minds. I loved it and think it’s so applicable to the “contribute” portion of the motto as well. We can contribute so much through kindness as well as all the other things we talk about on the episode.
Anyway, lots of things I’m thinking about and just wanted to share some of them.
Here are some links from what we talked about:
Ways to introduce children to humanitarian efforts:
Books to read for global awareness:
Oh there are SO many more that I’m sure I’m just not thinking of today!
There is a list of organizations we have worked with for global humanitarianism in the show notes, but I know many have asked for them before so I’m including a list here as well:
Cambodian and International Children Friend Community (CICFO) which I talked about back HERE.
(I know some people are worried about humanitarian efforts like these, and we do address that on the podcast.)
OK, in closing, let’s just take a quick peek at some fall leaves.
Because I can’t leave without a picture.
Those leaves are sure “contributing” to my happiness right now!
p.s. Some people are still asking how to find the podcast easily…you can find it on any podcast app when you type in “In the Arena with the Eyre sisters” or go HERE and it will show a whole punch of podcast apps you can chose to listen from. And please rate and also share your own ideas about how to teach kids to contribute on Instagram. We so appreciate any feedback we get!