Ashley pic2I received many expressions of sympathy after my mother died last year. One of the most meaningful (pictured) came from a child in my life. Her parents said it was her idea. But behind the scenes of that child’s loving act was parental support facilitating her idea to find its way into my hands (and my grieving heart).

The spirit’s domain

Most of us long for more harmony, unity, and kindness in our world. Intangibles like these flow from our innermost being and some of us sense the presence of God through them.

Show children how to lift a person’s spirit in their everyday life.

One of our readers offered an example from her family: While getting donuts at the local donut shop, Tyler and I noticed a homeless person walking through the parking lot. We were late to a baseball game my husband was coaching so we hurried to our car.

I looked at Tyler who was putting our leftover change in the console between the seats. “We should do something for that guy.” Tyler said “Why don’t we give him our change? It’s not much but it’s something.” Tyler gathered the change and walked over to speak with him and [lift the man’s spirit].

When a child shows us the way to lift a human spirit and we are humbled.

How can we amplify acts of kindness so children’s perspectives focus outward more often  —  on the gifts they have to contribute to the world? On the good they can do for others? On understanding the feelings and perspectives of others?


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