Hello for the weekly rendez-vous on Friday. TGIF – Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration, and Fun.
I am trusting in the next generation’s ability and desire to embrace people who are different from them.
In my last TGIF, I told you of my son’s graduation. After that ceremony, my husband and I drove off for a weekend wedding celebration.
At both events, the next generation were radiant. The young adults proudly walked across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas.
The young couple glowed with happiness.
What fills me with trust in their ability to welcome differences is that they already have! The students attend a multi-cultural school which integrates French and Anglophone teaching methods (VERY different). The Franco-American couple welcomed thirty nationalities to their wedding.
It’s exciting to see the next generation embrace multiple cultures with enthusiasm.
I am grateful for being shaped by the next generation. I am the person I am today partly because of who my kids are and how they helped me grow.
I have long believed parenting is like leadership development. We craft a vision (try to), communicate it (try to), and organize to make it happen (try to).
It’s in the “trying to” and the “messed up and trying again” that I have become the person that I am. Thanks, next generation, for being such thorough (!!!) trainers.
I shared my appreciation directly to my one of my sons before his graduation. We have this bulletin board by our front door, and friends often come over. As the buddies were leaving, there was a quiet moment by the front door. Then, “That’s cool.” Later, I asked my son what that was about. “The sign, Mom.” 😊
My inspiration comes from Mother Teresa.
“We train ourselves to be extremely kind and gentle in touch of hand, tone of voice, and in our smile, so as to make the mercy of God very real.”
– Mother Teresa
It is easy to think that some people love or are organized or lead others naturally. It’s auto-magic.
I had thought that of Mother Teresa. She was born good and kind and gentle. And yet, she asserts otherwise. She INTENTIONALLY trained herself and created training methods for all of the Sisters of Charity
- to lovingly touch the leper
- to genuinely smile with eyes and lips at the drawling and toothless elder
- to soothingly speak to the person disformed by pain
As I train upcoming leaders and students, I am inspired to remember that kindness can be learned. So can resilience, patience, optimism, listening….
It was a blast to see my son get his well-earned diploma. We are proud of him. Even more importantly, he is proud of himself.
Intrinsic motivation will help him more in life than approval from others.
Wishing you a great week.
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