“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer
Remember when you were younger and full of dreams you couldn’t wait to make happen? If you were anything like me, you spent hours pretending to be that person you admired. There was something special about that person and you felt an immediate connection. For me, it was Michael Jackson. I loved his voice, his energy on a record, and just how he made me feel. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to make people feel like that. I wanted to move people through song. I didn’t know how I’d do it, but I knew I was meant to do it. Who or what experience made you feel this way? Before you say, ‘Nobody or Nothing’. Think about it. There’s something or someone that inspired you to be who you are today.
Now, think about how amazing it could be if you could help your daughter discover that very same thing inside of her! What a gift that would be! My mother watched me and nurtured my desire for music throughout the years and made sure I pursued it. I’m so thankful to her for that. In addition to being an educator and bonding coach, I became a professional recording artist right after college. So, what great talents does your daughter possess? Maybe she’s a great talker, writer, debater, artist or tech savvy entrepreneur in the making. Are you paying attention? Is there something she does that just sets her apart from the rest? If you’re not sure, let this be your wake up call! Your daughter needs you to pay attention to her. There is an awesome, unique individual you have yet to discover.
This week, ask her or start to pay attention to some of her creative interests. Think of ways to nurture those talents outside of school. Are there after school programs, clubs, or organizations that may interest her? When she connects to something she enjoys, notice her mood. If she gets excited, it’s time to help her make it a part of her daily life. Once she discovers her interests, there will be goals to reach and a desire to see them through. Her initial purpose will be self-fulfilling, but ultimately she’ll want others to share the feeling and she will eventually WANT to pay it forward.
So, look at your daughter through different eyes this week. If you’d like some ideas about after school programming and extracurricular activities, contact me by clicking below or leave a comment below.
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