In the end, it will not be what we talked about, but what we did, how we acted, where we put our time and energy, because by everything we do, we model and mentor what we value. Our lives speak loudly.
–Written by Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, Living Legacy Project
Dr. Schwartz’s vision has the power to be transformational to children and adults alike. We have the ability to be everyday heroes with our minute by minute conscious choices in words, actions, feelings and thoughts. Heroism is the courage to not choose actions of peers who are demonstrating exclusion, abuse, teasing, bullying, ridiculing, stereotyping or prejudice. Heroism is also a simple inclusive smile or an appreciative thank you.
Share with children that even if they have taken the low road from time to time, they still have the ability to try again with better choices. Many famous heroes have gone astray at times, and yet through increased self-awareness, they have created an inner and outer world of amazing inspiration to others. As Maya Angelou says, “when you know better, you do better.”
Please read Katy Abel’s article, “From Spiderman to Mom: How Kids Choose Heroes”
The article offers in-depth information on helping children to discover the hero within.