When a 10yr old describes what his 'perfect life' would look like
Our inspirational chaplain (have I mentioned previously that he is a LEGEND) asked the year 3 and 4 kids today in chapel, "If you could design YOUR perfect life, what would it look like?"
One of the less 'completely freakin random' images that Google images offers when you type 'perfect life'
There was me... standing to the side, imagining my own 'perfect life'. I was thinking about my wife being happy. That, as I constantly remind my boys, is step number one to a happy life. I was thinking about working, but not needing the money. I was thinking about my own health. I was thinking about.... me.
Weren't we all?
Up stood Miles. He stood there and explained HIS own 'perfect life'. Miles is 10.
What follows is paraphrased. The ideas, however, are totally authentic and his own.
"Everyone would have love in their life.
There would be no hunger or thirst.
People would have enough.
There'd be no war.
People would get along.
Our planet would be healthy."
This kid immediately thought of others. Where had MY compassion or world view been?
I haven't got much to say about this tonight, except that with amazing human-beings like Miles on the planet, maybe we aren't as 'totally-doomed' as 'the world' would have us believe.
I had been thinking about myself. My goals, hopes and dreams. Miles had immediately put others first. He's ten and he's figured out that true happiness comes from creating happiness in others.
Miles TOTALLY channeled 'The Fonz'
When you picture YOUR own 'perfect life', it's healthy to spend some time dreaming about personal goals and aspirations. I just suggest we all take a leaf out of this kid's book and take some time to think about others too.
The other amazing thing Miles did was to be brave enough to stand up and repeat his words in front of his peers when the teachers made a 'song'n'dance' about it. The amazing kids around him applauded and he felt comfortable and secure in his skin. I couldn't have done that (as freely and confidently) in front of my peers.
The next step - what can I do to help Miles work towards that kind of global, humanitarian aspiration?