CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns what envy is.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative.
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to have a goal.
If a child lives with sharing, he learns about generosity.
If a child lives with honesty and fairness, he learns what truth and justice are.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.
If you live with serenity, your child will live with peace of mind.
With what is your child living?
– Dorothy Law Nolte
(credit) Sesame Street
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I love this song. It’s so uplifting and happy and joyous and jubilant. Okay, redundant. Yes, yes. But oh how! I love this song. Even though it’s by Sesame Street with will.i.am, I’m thinking it’s a great song for all ages. I just want to jump around my place in my undies!
…I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one.
Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya.
Have your mind blown.
Eat interesting food.
Dig some interesting people.
Have an adventure.
Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is.
Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter.
You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry.
You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water.
And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight.
A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, Ohhhhh.
And the light bulb goes on…
– Henry Rollins (excerpt from full interview here)