Inspired Children- Part 1

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The easiest way to inspire a child is to take a few minutes to remember the things that made you feel warm and safe as a child. Close your eyes and drift back in time. What smells came from your mother’s kitchen that made you feel safe and welcome? Was it the scent of fresh bread baking in the oven or that first whiff of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies when you arrived at Grandma’s house for the holidays?

What do you feel when you hear the first strains of the theme song to “The Sound of Music”? Do you see young Maria on the top of a mountain twirling as she sings the theme song? Can you feel the freedom of movement and the power that she emits as she literally owns that mountain? How could one young girl have managed to inspire an entire Convent and a young family who had lost a Mother? I imagine you are suddenly humming the strains of “My Favorite Things” now. Will you be able to get that song out of your head before evening?

My point is that “The Sound of Music” elicits feelings of safety and triumph to your heart and spirit wherever you are and whatever you are doing. All it takes to transport you to a better place is the refrain from one of the songs highlighted in the movie. Did the movie change your life? In many ways it did. It became the symbol of everything that is good in families to many generations during our lifetimes.

Inspired Youth Will One Day Lead Us

On a recent trip to Austria and Switzerland, I could not stop humming “Edelweiss”. If I wasn’t humming it I was singing the words out loud or whistling it as I moved from the car to the next vista. As we drove through the mountains, I pictured the Von Trapp family. I missed my own children and wished they could have made the trip with me to experience the grandeur of the mountains that Maria loved so dearly. As the music swirled in my head I realized the words “Bless my homeland forever” were not for the country I traveled through. No, those words brought me visions of my own country and an incredible sense of pride in who I am as an American citizen and the inspired youth who will one day lead us.

My memories that day were not of the abuse of my childhood. The memories were of my homeland. I drew strength and inspiration from those memories. I was immediately transported to the Rockies and the Black Hills. These were the places I had traveled as an adult. They elicited feelings of pride and rebirth that Maria must have also felt as she suddenly found her path in life was taking a dramatic turn.Nothing is impossible

Inspired Children Will Find Hope

There is an old saying that “Bad things happen to good people”. Children can be damaged in so many horrible ways, but we must bring to those children hope and encouragement in ways that they can carry with them for a lifetime. Therapy is necessary, but in addition we need to provide role models and inspiration in subtle and positive ways.

How can you inspire your own children or those children who are in your care? Who are the role models you want your children to fashion their own lives after? We were a generation blessed by people like Walt Disney. Reach out and provide a memory and a role model your child can carry into adulthood. All children need appropriate role models, not just those who have been damaged along the way. You will never regret the choice to share the inspiration that carries your own heart through the rough spots in life!

Inspired Children

The easiest way to inspire a child is to take a few minutes to remember the things that made you feel warm and safe as a child. Close your eyes and drift back in time. What smells came from your mother’s kitchen that made you feel safe and welcome? Was it the scent of fresh bread baking in the oven or that first whiff of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies when you arrived at Grandma’s house for the holidays?

What do you feel when you hear the first strains of the theme song to “The Sound of Music”? Do you see young Maria on the top of a mountain twirling as she sings the theme song? Can you feel the freedom of movement and the power that she emits as she literally owns that mountain? How could one young girl have managed to inspire an entire Convent and a young family who had lost a Mother? I imagine you are suddenly humming the strains of “My Favorite Things” now. Will you be able to get that song out of your head before evening?

My point is that “The Sound of Music” elicits feelings of safety and triumph to your heart and spirit wherever you are and whatever you are doing. All it takes to transport you to a better place is the refrain from one of the songs highlighted in the movie. Did the movie change your life? In many ways it did. It became the symbol of everything that is good in families to many generations during our lifetimes.

My version of a scene from the famous movie
My version of a scene from the famous movie

Inspired Youth Will One Day Lead Us

On a recent trip to Austria and Switzerland, I could not stop humming “Edelweiss”. If I wasn’t humming it I was singing the words out loud or whistling it as I moved from the car to the next vista. As we drove through the mountains, I pictured the Von Trapp family. I missed my own children and wished they could have made the trip with me to experience the grandeur of the mountains that Maria loved so dearly. As the music swirled in my head I realized the words “Bless my homeland forever” were not for the country I traveled through. No, those words brought me visions of my own country and an incredible sense of pride in who I am as an American citizen and the inspired youth who will one day lead us.

My memories that day were not of the abuse of my childhood. The memories were of my homeland. I drew strength and inspiration from those memories. I was immediately transported to the Rockies and the Black Hills. These were the places I had traveled as an adult. They elicited feelings of pride and rebirth that Maria must have also felt as she suddenly found her path in life was taking a dramatic turn.

Our HOPE has been passed down for generations to "Inspire Youth"
Our HOPE has been passed down for generations to “Inspire Youth”

Inspired Children Will Find Hope

There is an old saying that “Bad things happen to good people”. Children can be damaged in so many horrible ways, but we must bring to those children hope and encouragement in ways that they can carry with them for a lifetime. Therapy is necessary, but in addition we need to provide role models and inspiration in subtle and positive ways.

How can you inspire your own children or those children who are in your care? Who are the role models you want your children to fashion their own lives after? We were a generation blessed by people like Walt Disney. Reach out and provide a memory and a role model your child can carry into adulthood. All children need appropriate role models, not just those who have been damaged along the way. You will never regret the choice to share the inspiration that carries your own heart through the rough spots in life!

Inspired Children Look For Security

The easiest way to inspire a child is to take a few minutes to remember the things that made you feel warm and safe as a child. Close your eyes and drift back in time. What smells came from your mother’s kitchen that made you feel safe and welcome? Was it the scent of fresh bread baking in the oven or that first whiff of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies when you arrived at Grandma’s house for the holidays?

What do you feel when you hear the first strains of the theme song to “The Sound of Music”? Do you see young Maria on the top of a mountain twirling as she sings the theme song? Can you feel the freedom of movement and the power that she emits as she literally owns that mountain? How could one young girl have managed to inspire an entire Convent and a young family who had lost a Mother? I imagine you are suddenly humming the strains of “My Favorite Things” now. Will you be able to get that song out of your head before evening?

My point is that “The Sound of Music” elicits feelings of safety and triumph to your heart and spirit wherever you are and whatever you are doing. All it takes to transport you to a better place is the refrain from one of the songs highlighted in the movie. Did the movie change your life? In many ways it did. It became the symbol of everything that is good in families to many generations during our lifetimes.

Biloxi LighthouseInspired Youth Will One Day Lead Us

On a recent trip to Austria and Switzerland, I could not stop humming “Edelweiss”. If I wasn’t humming it I was singing the words out loud or whistling it as I moved from the car to the next vista. As we drove through the mountains, I pictured the Von Trapp family. I missed my own children and wished they could have made the trip with me to experience the grandeur of the mountains that Maria loved so dearly. As the music swirled in my head I realized the words “Bless my homeland forever” were not for the country I traveled through. No, those words brought me visions of my own country and an incredible sense of pride in who I am as an American citizen and the inspired youth who will one day lead us.

My memories that day were not of the abuse of my childhood. The memories were of my homeland. I drew strength and inspiration from those memories. I was immediately transported to the Rockies and the Black Hills. These were the places I had traveled as an adult. They elicited feelings of pride and rebirth that Maria must have also felt as she suddenly found her path in life was taking a dramatic turn.

Inspired Children Will Find Hope

There is an old saying that “Bad things happen to good people”. Children can be damaged in so many horrible ways, but we must bring to those children hope and encouragement in ways that they can carry with them for a lifetime. Therapy is necessary, but in addition we need to provide role models and inspiration in subtle and positive ways.

How can you inspire your own children or those children who are in your care? Who are the role models you want your children to fashion their own lives after? We were a generation blessed by people like Walt Disney. Reach out and provide a memory and a role model your child can carry into adulthood. All children need appropriate role models, not just those who have been damaged along the way. You will never regret the choice to share the inspiration that carries your own heart through the rough spots in life!

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