This year's Summer Reading Club theme is "Every Hero Has a Story". And most libraries are using Superheroes to bring in kids. It's such a kid friendly theme!
Not all heroes are super heroes. Every one of us can be a hero - at least, sometime. Doing the small things like smiling at someone who smiles at you - even when you feel grumpy - can feel heroic sometimes.
On Wednesday, I will tell stories about Every Day Heroes at a local library. The audiences there are usually fairly young, so telling historic stories of heroes of the past may not work. I want the children to see that simple things - telling the truth, picking up trash, being kind - can make the world a better place.
I decided to search for "simple ways to change the world" online and I got a lot of things like:
1. Be present.
2. Be grateful.
3. Be kind to yourself.
Hmmm, explaining gratitude to a 4-year-old is hard. And these kids are as present as anyone can be.
But one simple action, Plant something, caught my attention.
So here are my 5 Simple Ways to Change the World:
1. Keep your own space clean and neat. (I don't follow this advice very well myself.)
The world space belongs to us all so this includes your house and your neighborhood.
2. Speak the truth. Hmmm, this is never as easy as it seems. People use their words so cleverly. Use YOUR words for good.
3. Smile. Yep. That.
4. Plant something. Grow something. In a can on the windowsill - caring for a living thing is good
for you and the plant will clean the air around it.
5. Keep the peace. It is so tempting to be hurtful when we feel down or when someone is hurtful to us. If we can't find a way to bring peace to our attacker, we should just walk away from them. I am talking about every day attacks, not life threatening events.
There you go. Johnny Appleseed, Wangari Maathai, Elzeard Bouffier are all heroes who planted trees. I think at least one of them should make it into my program. I'll let you know how it goes.