30 Dec Do You Want to Make the World Better? The Solution Might Surprise You.
How do you measure your life?
How do you know if you matter?
What’s the one thing every kid longs for, every adult hopes for, and every person in the world needs–whether they admit it or not?
This Fall, the PTA hosted a contest in which kids had to create art inspired by a central theme. The National PTA challenged kids to complete this sentence: “The world would be a better place if….”
How would YOU complete that sentence?
Would the world be better without sickness or selfishness?
What if heartbreak and homelessness didn’t exist?
I’d love to live in a world filled with more joy and less pain! How about this for an answer?
The world would be a better place if…EVERYONE HAD A BEST FRIEND.
From mere children, wisdom emerges. Some things are so magnificent or so complex they can only be explained by the very young. Our adult life experience magnifies problems and complicates solutions. I can’t help but think of the mammoth agencies we’ve created for the sole purpose of making the world a better place. Our Congress? The United Nations? The Clinton Global Initiative? Is it just me or have we missed the point altogether? Maybe the solution to all the world’s problems can be found at the neighborhood playground.
The world would be a better place if everyone just had a best friend.
When we meet with students in elementary school, we always ask “Who in here has a best friend?” And every single kid raises a hand. Because even if you don’t have a best friend, you want one. Friends communicate acceptance. They offer protection, accountability, and inspiration. We’re better together.
Will you be my best friend? is an easy question when you’re only six. Not so easy when you’re 36. We fear rejection, I guess, or worse–looking stupid. But the longing remains.
Not only is a world characterized by friendship a worthy goal, but my world would be better for it, too.
The second question we always ask students is, “How can YOU be a good friend?” If there’s twenty kids in a class, we’ll hear twenty different, yet relevant answers.
Because everybody knows, before you can have a best friend, first you have to be one.
We are Forever We.
Will you join us?