Today was one of those A-HA kind of days
in which you SEE something
you've looked at a thousand times
in a totally different way.
This afternoon I spoke at a Springtown Elementary School
for RED RIBBON WEEK
to an excited group of "little" friends.
As I looked out at nearly 600 faces,
I had to work hard NOT to cry.
After spending almost 25 years of my life in a school,
I thought I'd felt everything there was to "FEEL"
inside those brick walls.
But, for some reason,
today hit me with a new revelation
as to how extremely important a teacher's job is.
Watching those little smiles,
witnessing those wiggles, giggles and excitement
in some of the most well behaved kids I've ever observed
(from the opposite side of the stage)
helped me to SEE children with new eyes.
It was a genuine honor to share (with my new "little" friends)
how vitally important it is,
for people OF ANY AGE,
to understand how their BRAIN works,
and what to do with it when we get upset.
Being inside an Elementary School today
was such a HUGE reminder
of the incredible responsibility we have
to those who count on us for leadership.
Whether it be your own children or grandchildren,
your employees, your team, your friends,
or a group of almost 600 strangers....
the task is still the same!
Do they see something in you
that helps them grow,
or do you make them feel small.
As I drove home today,
I was filled with a new sense of urgency
to help adults become more aware
of how crucial it is to teach the children in our lives
the importance of REAL GRATITUDE.....
which is so much more than saying "thank-you".
Statistics from universities around the globe
show that being truly GRATEFUL is a behavioral game changer.
Research also shows that the best way
for a child to become a grateful teenager
is for them to have seen GRATITUDE
from someone they love and admire.
It's so much easier to create good habits
that help us gain control of negative feelings
before years of "bad" wiring
have created brain patterns
we later want to change.
Who knew such a life altering,
eye opening experience
would come through the eyes of a child.
If you'd like to know some practical ways
to build a practice of GRATITUDE
with the children in your life...
I'd love to send you my
Building Family Gratitude List.
Just email me using the form below
and ask for the "Daily Dozen"
and I will send it to you free of charge.
May we all start today
being an example
for our "little" friends to follow....
because even when we don't want them to-
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!