Last week, my husband took our three children to “Take your children to work week” in Washington, DC. The alternative was staying home with me and doing some housework, grocery shopping, manic computer work and playing with the dog...so they went with him for some alternative excitement! :)
The office organizes an enriched day for the kids so that they can understand how a humanitarian organization functions and provides assistance to those in the world less fortunate than we in this country. We lived in Africa for 14 years, so our kids have experienced this first hand, but I fear living back in the good old “let’s go shopping” US of A has maybe tainted those memories. So, I pushed them out the door lovingly with Daddy lest they forget that much of the world does not live like they do here in America.
When it came time to introduce themselves to the staff at hand, my 9 year old boldly stated...”Hi, my name is Nathan and I’m awesome!”
Of course, people thought this was funny and cute...'cause he is....and the day went on with fun things to do and experience hands on.
Flash forward a week and I then go to the same work space to facilitate a Biodanza ice breaker for a team meeting. One of the gentlemen comes up to me after class and says he really liked my son and that when he introduced himself as such...as awesome....it really made him sit back and think about life. He said this twice with a genuine smile on his face. He was duly impressed that a little guy like that could love him self so much, be so confident and self assured AND introduce himself as such. I did not have time to talk to him more, but I get the impression that this 9 year old made this 50 year old sit back and think about himself and his own self love. Out of the mouths of babes....
I am happy to say that Nathan is well on his life dance and immersed in the rEVOLution of loving life! Makes me feel so good as a mother, too, that we are doing the right things...one never knows!
Love....self love....we need it badly and it's never too late to get it. We also need to do our best to instill it in our kids and nieces and nephews and little neighbors from an early age so that they, too, think they are awesome!
Believing we are awesome and being in love with ourselves is the only thing that’s going to save the world. (and I am not talking about narcissism here---that's another blog!)
People who love and respect themselves make good choices in life and these choices resonate with the world in far reaching ways. The interconnectedness of life is REAL!
People who love themselves profoundly love others and are capable of embracing compassion and thus peace, not war. Imagine what is possible! Think Jesus, Buddha, Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa...
People who love themselves create their “right life” and follow a path that is made for them and not someone else ending up much happier campers in the long run.
What will my Nathan be? I'm not sure. He loves Legos, computer games, swimming and basketball. He resonates towards animals and people and having good old fashion fun. All I know is that I will continue to tell him how awesome he really is and hope that he let's no one squash his self-love along the way. I'm sure there will be moments for him, but love will find a way!
How can you start to self love more? Would LOVE to hear your feedback!