It’s not about telling a kid “don’t do drugs” or a group of them to “Stop bullying each other”. It’s about helping youth recognize that they have choices in their lives.
It’s not about academics — That’s our agenda, not theirs. We should want teenagers to be happy and healthy and let the other stuff come after that. The other stuff WILL come after that.
It’s not about telling a kid “things will get better” even when you know they won’t. It’s about helping that kid understand that nothing is permanent and everything is temporary, even pain.
Here we are trying to mold them into what best suits society and neglecting to pay more attention to what we’ve already done. We think so much about the future and the past that we often neglect the present.
Am I working hard enough at the right things?
When I look at my life and I put it into a pie chart, there are pieces of my life that are going exceptionally well: work, personal development, etc. but it’s those pieces that aren’t going as well that I should really be focusing on. Things like a broken relationship or strengthening the bond I have with my parents or brothers. Often I find it easier to just keep doing the things that are working and ignore the things that don’t seem to be giving me as much to feel good about.
And that’s where I get it ass backwards at times.
The things that are going well are doing so because of the amount of work that I put into them. I’m excelling at work because of the amount of time and energy I put into it.
But is that what’s most important right now?
I know the answer to that question. Do you?
What if we spent just a fraction of the time and energy we use to excel at something we’re already good at and used it to strengthen and improve an area where we’re weak?
How would that change things? What new life would you create for yourself?
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Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.