I was standing in my kitchen, sipping on a fresh cup of coffee, when I glanced outside my kitchen window. I saw my two granddaughters outside laughing and swinging. I smiled and went outside to have a closer look. The lawn had been recently mowed and looking fresh. However, I couldn’t help but notice the dog had recently done his business! So I got the doggy doodie tools and went to pick it up. I noticed a couple of others. I just wanted my grandkids to play in safety without slipping or falling in dog poop! Just wanted them to have a grand time and not worry about getting poop on their shoes. I wanted their play experience to be pleasant, even though there’s the occasional fall or cry when someone’s feelings get hurt. I am well aware of the little trauma moments that children can experience.
As I went around the yard, making sure it was clean, I thought about the recent fear of my granddaughter going to school. I worry that she could be caught in the crossfire of someone’s shooting spree. I thought, what has this world come to? What are we doing to our kids? Why is everyone so sad, angry and stressed out?
Learning is supposed to be fun! I remember teaching my kids to use a crayon because it was fun to color a picture. I remember teaching them to hold a rattle in their hands so they could hear the funny sound. I remember giving them different toys to see what they would do with it. Yes, naturally they progressed but still the best learning atmosphere is one of fun, lightness and curiosity. These children nowadays aren’t having fun! They are worried for their lives. They are worried about stresses that they should never ever have to experience. Let’s not forget adults also work in toxic, stressful and competitive work environments.
Why have we forgotten the meaning of life? Why have we forgotten to have fun? Why have we forgotten to laugh at the silly worries of life? Life can be serious, but the seriousness should not permeate our hearts and souls. We should be able to relax, knowing that we are safe from harm. We’re safe from bullying, and we’re safe to be ourselves. We’re not under judgment, condemnation or an unfair grading system.
The goal in school is not to produce human working machines, but happy and confident young adults who can stand on their own two feet, make tough decisions, and create a life of meaning for themselves. In order to do this, we must change the environment of our schools, homes, work, and institutions. It’s not enough to recognize when someone is having a problem, it’s important to intentionally raise our children to be sensitive, mindful, compassionate, and caring human beings, not in competition with one another. The quality of our lives depends on it. We all want to live happy lives. We all want to live in safety and security, but not at the expense of another! Remember to love one another. Treat others the way you want to be treated. It is very simple.
We can do so much better. We can create the life we want for our children, and future generations. It starts now with consciously choosing to be the difference, to be the peace, to be the love and compassion we all need right now. It starts by living from the heart. The heart knows the way. Let your heart direct your thoughts and actions to love one another. Just be love.