Jonathots Daily Blog
You have just received delivery of your new little baby girl or boy, with sufficient pounds and accompanying ounces.
You are thrilled.
You are ecstatic.
You feel as if you are the founder of procreation, and maybe the first person that ever completed the task sufficiently. Now–the next step is to pull out the instructions. They should read:
“We guarantee arrival, but the contents may have shifted during shipment.”
“Does not include batteries.”
Yes, what you have received is a being who is not yet human. Perhaps you thought the unit should arrive completely assembled and energized by the correct emotional, spiritual, mental and physical electricity to make it function well and be successful.
Not so, Joe.
Your little he or she, to some degree, remains an “it” until you learn how to insert the correct charge to make your wonder child truly wonderful. By the way, here are the batteries:
No child is born with them, but without them, you have all the parts but they don’t chug the choo-choo. Shall we define?
Empathy: “I can feel what other humans are feeling.”
Appreciation: “I am grateful for what has been provided.”
Children do not come with these installed. They are born “beings”–being hungry, fussy, thirsty, self-involved, unaware and ignorant.
To achieve the status of human depends on you. This pursuit is more important than piano lessons, soccer, new shoes or a college education. Without the batteries, your little bundle of joy will fail to deliver much happiness to the world around, and therefore end up defensive and cynical instead of hopeful.
So how do we, as parents, install the batteries of empathy and appreciation into our offspring?
If you will join me over the next eight Mondays, I will take you on an odyssey to uncover how this can be accomplished at the varying stages of development. It will not be complicated; it will be frighteningly simple, but it shall require your faithful attention.
All aboard! Let’s try to become proficient with our special delivery.
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