The world today is inundated with problems. The media covers them on a daily basis. As much as these issues frustrate us, we contribute to their ongoing agenda. We have a tendency to point fingers at others and identify “them” to blame for these dilemmas. Without realizing it, this blame game weakens our individual spirits because it reinforces the influences they have over our lives. How can we turn the tides and address the many untreated wounds so many souls bare?
EACH OF US can assume the responsibility to become leaders in our own right. We can offer assistance to those in need of our individual talents and accomplishments. We can stop focusing on the evil in this world and begin the healing by using tools of encouragement, offering ideas and game plans to achieving new growth and proving to ourselves and our neighbors that we are capable of creating a better world to live in.
This means standing up and being heard. This is likely to fall outside the comfort zone for many of us, but isn’t the alternative of a morally and ethically corrupt world a more fearful place to live? Our children need guidance and support and direction. We focus so much on our own lives, they are forced in many cases to teach themselves how to grow up and survive rather than thrive.
We complain about the cost of healthcare. We complain about a shrinking middle class. We complain about a changing world economy and the influences it has on our own country. We rely on politicians and government to “fix” these problems which they have been unable to do for countless decades. We complain about our school systems. We complain about job opportunities. We complain, we complain, we complain……..
We use the word LEADERSHIP, but how many of us step forward to volunteer for the job. Are we more powerful and successful when one person attempts to lead and direct a society, or are we more powerful and successful when large numbers of us contribute to the process?
BUT HOW DO WE START THE PROCESS?
It starts with each of us. It starts with the personal changes we know we need to make in our lives and start making them. Knowing that change is needed is not enough. Action produces change and leadership requires action. Each parent must step forward to participate. You enjoyed the pleasure associated with creating a child; now I ask you to accept the responsibility in giving this child the opportunity to grow up and thrive in our changing and challenging world. I have heard plenty of excuses when I’ve asked for your help, but today I ask you to place these excuses on the side. Excuses can not help motivate positive attitudes. They can not create constructive ideas to open the doors exposing new opportunity. They simply promulgate a vicious cycle of failure leading to a tomorrow that looks the same or worse than today.
Parents, I implore you to stop making excuses. If you don’t know right from wrong, find someone who does and LEARN. If you already know the differences, start living a life your child can model themselves after. Become true LEADERS for your children and let your example be more than just an aspiration to pursue; let it become a reality. We live in a country where 75% of its population is overweight and a growing part of this population is obese. How can we expect our children to grow up healthy? Just because we live in a country that claims to pride itself on the rights of individual freedom doesn’t mean we should take that liberty and abuse it. It certainly should not be used to destroy the quality of our children’s lives. Parents, I ask you, where is the LEADERSHIP?
It is time to stand up in our homes, to stand up in our schools and to unite and LEAD the process of change. Our food choices will be dictated by US, not the food industry, not the dietitian associations, NOT OUR CHILDREN! They are not leaders, yet… It is our job to teach, to create foundations upon which they can grow and develop so that one day, they will be prepared to join our society and make it a healthier and more responsible place to live. Their efforts will improve that which we’ve created rather than becoming the next generation to promote new excuses and new reasons for continued failure.
I offer you these options after reading this article:
Feel anger and resentment toward me and my ideas; do nothing and continue to live your current lifestyle.
Question your current life, but refuse to change believing you are only one person unable to make a difference.
Decide for yourself that your family is worth more effort than has been offered and begin a dialogue with them creating short term goals for improvement.
Decide that your ability to LEAD needs to be taken seriously and begin organizing the neighborhood to participate in a plan of action for community growth and prosperity.
Decide that your LEADERSHIP would best be served in a changing political structure to offer the communities and counties better options to support the growth of healthier and more successful generations of children.