I look around at the students I teach, and so many of them are missing something. I look around at adults I know, some even friends and family, who are missing the same thing. Something I could not put my finger on.
They just don’t understand small joys in life, but it’s more than that. They take, take, take, but never want to give anything back. It’s like the world owes them something for being born… It finally dawned on me; they’re missing kindness. True kindness.
My greatest wish for my daughter is for her to be kind. To be kind and give back more than she takes… to contribute to the world around her… to be great… But most importantly, to be kind.
This means not talking about others. Standing up for what is right. Even when her whole group doesn’t like one person, if she knows that person is good, to be kind and not participate in the drama or gossip. I pray she stays out of drama.
This means to do what is right even when no one else is. Be a leader, not a follower. Even if she’s standing alone. I pray she is confident and strong enough to always do what is right.
This means to see the cup as half full and to be thankful to even have a cup! Because there are millions and millions of people worse off. I pray she is grateful and has a positive outlook on life.
This means helping those in need. Even strangers. This means contributing to a cause that she believes in and to help the rest of humanity. I pray that she is generous.
This means appreciating every small gift and thoughtful gesture. Because, after all, it is the thought that counts, and no one owes anyone anything. I pray she is thankful.
I just want her to be kind and joyful. I hate to admit it, but the world is lacking these traits more and more each year. How do I instill these qualities in her? When many do not even know what these traits truly entail?
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32