I am very aware about the words I share with people, especially young people. They have the whole world at their fingertips and they are just beginning to paint on their own personal canvas called LIFE. I know the words I say can have a positive or negative impact on their lives.
As a teacher, I have realized I can have a positive influence on students simply through the power of suggestion. Asking a student it they've ever considered playing the banjo isn't something you usually talk about over lunch, but it may be all they need to be introduced to something that could become a passion of their for life. This is why inspiring teachers are so important! Anyone can be a teacher, but it takes effort to be a teacher who goes the extra mile to inspire their students.
As a parent, I am acutely aware of the fact that what I suggest to my child is not always taken to heart. Sometimes it even has a negative effect. If I suggest playing the banjo, one of our children will probably say, "I think YOU want to play the banjo Mom!" And they are probably right. (insert smile here)
Over the years, my husband and I have worked to expose our children to a wide variety of subject and interests. Music is not the only thing they can be interested in for goodness sake!
Going to visit a science museum or an aircraft carrier or an archaeological dig are experiences that create an awareness around things they might want to spend time learning about in the future.
I just know that as adults, we are called on to model interests and behaviors and not just to our children, but the children of our friends and acquaintances. Kids are always watching us, even if they don't want to admit it. While they are watching you, go ahead and make a suggestion for them to try it too. Sometimes all people need is an invitation.
I just wanted to suggest that today.