We do not know which child will become the next great leader, the next great astronomer, the next great parent or even the next great poet. But imagine if you did know. Would that change how you treat that child? Would it change the way you spend time with that child or even who they play with?
Our lives are not mapped out so clearly that we know everything that will happen to us or our children in advance but we do try our damnedest to predict or seek out those who might give us a little insight. We sometimes have bigger dreams for our children than they do for themselves. How you project those dreams can be either a motivation or a burden depending on the child and your “delivery” of that dream.
Think for a moment all of those children that grew up to become historical figures in the world because they were such great people or even evil people for that matter. What influencing factors in their lives fueled who they would become as adults? Who made impressions on their lives as they grew up, made choices and what they dreamed of? John F. Kennedy said “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” Now think of your own child, your friends children, your neighbor’s children. Are they being fueled with words and actions of encouragement that will make the difference in becoming the next generation’s brightest and most cherished leader, poet, songwriter or simply being a loving parent to your grandchildren?
Treat every child as if they will change the world because, in fact, by simply changing your life they have begun to change the world already.