Tomorrow, I get to present to a large assembly of high school students – actually at the same high school that Ben attended. The topic is about how to build an inclusive world.
It’s part of the school’s “Saints in Action” programme which gives students the opportunity to serve their community in different ways and give back. It’s a great programme to help them develop more holistically.
I’m going to show the short film of Ben’s Story as a shining example of the power of an inclusive community. If you haven’t watched it yet, click here and prepare to be inspired :)
Following the film, I’ll be talking about 3 ways the students can help build an inclusive world.
The first is to change their worldview. That’s because how they see the world and the language they use will determine how they will live their lives. We all live in the language we speak.
Second way is to develop a belief system that every life is of equal value.
If they can do this, they will shift their mind from focusing on limits and constraints and open themselves to new possibilities.
If they can do this, they will start to see solutions to problems they thought were unsolvable.
And the third way is to feed their spirit every day, so they can begin to change the frequency of what they’re noticing around them and to listen to the cues to create a more inclusive world.
So what does all this have to with bringing a caregiver into your life?
Well, for starters, none of Ben’s achievements – high school graduate, university student – would have been possible without great caregivers in his life. Call them assistants, attendants – doesn’t matter.
They all believed in supporting him to make each day great, so he could have the opportunity to learn, grow, expand and develop.
Second, bringing a caregiver into our world has allowed me time to just breathe some days.
And to do things I wouldn’t have time for or ever think of doing, like having the opportunity to influence the hearts and minds of the next generation. To give them an example of what’s possible to start believing in a future that is bigger than the past.
This is what I mean by good news. Bringing a great caregiver into you life can free yourself of the hands-on caregiving work, if only for a short time, so that you can start to feed your own spirit and envision greater things for your child.
For me, the good news means that I am able to find the time to transfer my knowledge and experience to this group of high school students, so they can apply that in their lives and do even greater things to build an inclusive world.
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-- Mike --