Change the Game!

Have you ever wondered how we, as the human race, have gotten where we are? Have you ever hoped that the discord and disharmony would end? Have you ever wished for a better world for your children and your children’s children?

If you have, you are no different from me. I would love to change the game and shift the paradigm! I would like to see the day when children stop acting out the US against THEM model that video games, TV  and the media exploit.

I heard from so many of you about the nail story and the teaching that went with it that I wanted to share my thoughts in this regard.

The thoughts in the first two paragraph are what I think about, meditate on and pray about. I don’t know the answer, but I do know that family and education make a difference. I do know that it takes a village to raise a child!

My nephew goes to a small school in California. The faculty and staff set clear boundaries on unacceptable and acceptable behavior. But it wasn’t until a new kid came to school that they were able to see the results of their intention, work and teaching.

The new boy brought his world with him. He had teased and been teased in the previous school and he knew nothing different. It had been a way of life for him.

So on the first day of school, he cornered one of the quieter students on the playground. Then he began doing what he had always done; calling the boy names and shoving him.

Suddenly, as if from nowhere, an entire gang of six boys surrounded him. One of them stepped forward and said in quiet, yet emphatic terms, “We don’t do that here.”

The new boy was stunned. He winced, shook his head, and tried to understand what was going on. After all, he was not doing anything differently from what he had always done. The six boys stood firm as one repeated, “We don’t ever do that here.”

It was a game changer! The principal cried when he heard what his students had done. The teachers were thrilled beyond words. And soon the new boy was inculcated into the school’s way. He let go of the old behavior and became a fine upstanding young boy.

All this is to say that we can change the game – one child, one family, one school at a time. My nephew’s school did it and we can do it too!


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