“Humans may resemble many other creatures in their striving for happiness, but the quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human.” — Roy Baumeister

For most people, finding life meaningful and feeling happy are important– and related– goals.

Recognizing this, we start early to move children toward those goals.

Whether you believe that a person’s essence comes from our genetic framework or from God placing a unique soul within each of us (or some combination of both), the outworking of that belief often looks the same: You have potential within you and now you need to decide what to do with it.

Yet it’s difficult for us to face the challenge of what to do next.

We know we need to help the children in our lives learn to tap into the potential that is already within them. But how?

The focus of this blog is always to see the child’s development through a spiritual lens.

Many excellent resources exist that instruct us in the ways of emotional, physical and mental preparation to find happiness and purpose. But what of the spiritual preparation?

Certain concrete, specific actions can help them discover, develop and use the potential of their human spirit.

Give us a kiss!

Each title in this series offers to guide your efforts in all of the attributes of the child’s human spirit:

  • Talents and strengths: a vacation planner
  • Find and build motivation
  • The gift of boredom: desires and passions
  • Make work meaningful: try these ideas
  • Ask kids what they think of The Big Picture

Helping even young children choose to engage in activities that uncover their talents, motivations, aptitudes and passions–this is part of the spiritual stuff of life.


Next week: Talents and strengths: a vacation planner

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