The Kids are Alright!
Everywhere you go, people are concerned about the state of the world today – the state of the economy; the politics; the environment…and ultimately, the state of people’s hearts.
We’ve been told of their fears about our children, and the world they will inherit. We’ve listened to deep-seated and seemingly well-founded concerns about how their lives will play out…and their children’s, and their children’s children’s.
But we’ve also heard great stories of children whose hearts are ever more open to positive change; to new, bright ideas. They share their deep cares for other people; their compassion and love.
They acted upon the good teachings of their role models and have actively engaged in improving challenging situations, encouraged others with their words and actions and worked hard to do their bit to change the world for the better.
Case in point: 14 year old Aidan Thomas Hornaday.
This incredible young man was brought to our attention when we saw the following video of his TedX speech: The Path of Your Purpose. (Thank you, Lisa!).
Armed with his harmonica and website, this young philanthropist and kick-ass musician plans to be a lifelong giver, and believes that all children should have the opportunity to give.
Our overriding passion as SisterWives is to promote the knowledge that alone we are enough, but together we’re stronger. The self-awareness to feel compassion for others, and the desire to act upon that compassion, is something we’re all keen to instill in our children.
This blog is an important platform but our feeling is that it will be most successful if the lessons we can learn from it are ones we can translate into Real, and use to inspire and shape the next generation.
We decided to show Aidan’s talk to our own children and get their thoughts on his incredible movement toward kindness.
After watching Aidan, and then discussing what it means to be a “difference maker” with our children, we can say with complete conviction,
The Kids are Alright!
Sawyer, 8: “It means thinking of other people instead of yourself. Aidan knows that there are other kids that need more than him, and that those kids are just as important as anyone. When he helped the people in Africa, other people wanted to help too. Giving feels awesome and it catches on.”
Sienna, 8: “It means that when you see someone who is different than you, like maybe they look different or don’t do things the same way you do, that you should make sure they aren’t left out because they are different. Aidan is cute.”
Draden, 11: “There are so many people in the world who are less fortunate. Helping someone even in a small way could be huge to them and maybe even change their life. It could be you who needs help someday.”
Livy, 12: “To me, making a difference is to make good things so common that they become a part of everyday life. I am lucky enough to be around people who do kind things all the time.
My friend sat with me one day at school for over 20 minutes when I was feeling sick. She didn’t need to do that, but she did anyways. (I know it’s a small thing but it helped me a lot.) I’ve had friends who are going through serious struggles. Yet even at a young age they continue to persevere and be optimistic. I’ve seen kids stick up to the bullies. I’ve watched my Grandma work so hard to help with Make a Wish and raise money for kids to have their wishes fulfilled.
I know I am lucky. But some people are not as fortunate. I hope that eventually people will do great things automatically, so that everyone is used to it. To me, that’s what making a difference is.”
Little Dude, 11: “Aidan Hornaday is an inspiring boy, who, at the age of seven, made money playing harmonica. He decided to donate that money to help people in Africa who were fighting intestinal parasites. He soon realized he wanted to be a “difference maker.” After watching the Ted Talk, I thought of how I was also a “difference maker.”
Last year, when I was in fifth grade, I was given the option to participate in something called “Safely Patrol.” Safety Patrol is the school’s group of fifth graders who want to keep the school and its students safe, primarily the kindergarteners. Every morning and afternoon, before and after school would start and end, the safety patrol would walk the Kindergarten students to and from their buses or parents.
There was one child in particular who was the first kindergarten kid to arrive because his dad had to be at work early in the morning, right after his kid went to school. Everyday, the dad would drop his kid off in the area where the safety patrol waits with the kindergarteners, and since he was always very early, no one was usually there. I started going to school early so the child would not be alone, and soon, the dad just looked for me every day, to take care of his kid before school. I was happy to do something that meant so much to someone.
I wish that everyone could chip in and help someone in need. If everyone just tried to do something small for someone else everyday, our world would be such a better place, and we would all be ‘difference makers’.”
And finally, a video by Hastykid, 11:
If you would like to know more about Aidan and how you and your kids can help, please go to www.aidancares.com