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Your Child Can Change The World

Updated on July 23, 2011
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My father used to tell me: Whatever you set your mind to do, you can accomplish it.As a mantra, it ranks pretty high on the list of positive statements.

It is pretty powerful for a parent to encourage a child with that statement. If every child believed that statement, and lived their lives by it, imagine what could be accomplished. No longer would we point to past generations and say: If they could put a man on the moon, why can’t we….. (fill in the blank). Maybe we could erase poverty. Provide abundant food and water to every man woman and child on the earth.

We could provide free renewable and green energy to the world. People freed from constant anxiety about life’s most basic needs would then be free to turn their attention to helping others and sharing their own ideas of how to make the world a better place for all citizens.

What holds people back from their ability to create new and better realities? What keeps people in poverty? Why do governments in general not do what’s best for the country they control? Is it because they don’t know how?

As the powers-that-be, they have access to the best minds in the world. The best think tanks. The internet has allowed new thinkers, new ideas to see the light of day. It is possible to ask unasked questions in a million forums, and get all kinds of input. The answers are out there if we can find the right person; the person who might be able to provide an answer if they can focus on something besides basic needs.

Because we need those answers that only they can produce, it should be our goal to create the situation in which every person alive is able to contribute to the maximum of their ability. When each individual is valued and encouraged to achieve their potential, we all win. When individuals are devalued and not allowed to be productive citizens, not recognized for their accomplishments, we all lose as a society.

Teachers themselves should be recognized for their contributions in molding the next generation. Next to involved parents, teachers play the biggest role in a child’s development mind and personality. Excellent parents and teachers can successfully combat negative peer pressure, and increase a child’s self-esteem.

How much greater would it be if negative peer pressure was minimal due to the efforts of good parents and teachers? When a child believes they can be anything they want to be, and the sky is the limit, the future looks pretty good for all of us.

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