Some thoughts on working with our greatest asset…our Children
I don’t know about you, but every time I look at this picture…several things happen:
First, I am reminded how tough many children have it all over the world, even here in the U.S. It’s easy to forget, that for many young ones – like the boy in this picture – the joys of youth are as foreign as the distant stars they gaze at during their quiet moments. So many kids simply don’t get the chance to be kids because their environment is so harsh that there is no room for the innocence of childhood.
Second, as I reflect on these harsh realities of how kids are treated, that I saw over the years as a Green Beret, I am also reminded of how blessed I am that my boys have had the chance to experience a safe and loving childhood, where they can dream and grow into the men they want to become – without the overt fear of violence, hunger, or suffering. What a blessing that I too often take for granted. How about you?
Third, this picture smacks me in the face that our children are our greatest asset within human society – and their childhood is so fragile, yet vital. Yet, the forces of evil are targeting our kids even here at home, where the environment is supposedly safer with more opportunities.
Our kids are subject to conditions we never knew as kids, and frankly we don’t understand many of the challenges they face. For example, the escalation of youth violence, bombardment of hard-core content in social media and television, and the brutal social pressures of peers are massive. To get through these times our kids need leadership.
Let me be more specific…Our kids need your leadership. We forget that too often. We are so busy talking to and working with adults on leadership, we often forget about our greatest national treasure – our kids. Who is teaching them how to lead? It starts with us…at grass roots, family levels.
Try this…the next time you find yourself exasperated and cursing the direction of the country and lamenting on how all is lost in our society, take a look at your interaction with your kids and the kids around you. Are you involved with them? Are you guiding them? Are you sharing stories and also conducting deep listening to the challenges they face. Are you helping them prepare for the rough seas they will navigate when they take the helm and lead us.
Leading kids never goes out of style. Sure, America and civil society continues to modernize, become more connected, and develop globally…but some things don’t change. Kids are kids. And they need our patient leadership to cope with and prepare for the rigors that await them.
Unless we are actively leading them down that path…we’re really not leading at all.
Until next time, thanks for what you do.