The most valuable thing that we have to share with our communities are our time and our talent. The theological author, Richard Whatley once said, “A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbors.” All of us have some talent, whether we are young children or adults. The question we can ask ourselves is, how can I use my time or talents to help others in my immediate community, or in the larger more distant communities.
They may be simple ways of using our talents like reading or performing a play or playing an instrument. It may be helping to build a house or some other renovation. It could be walking a dog or simply picking up trash in a park. None of these require any more than our time and our talent.
If we can help our children see that time and talent is just as valuable or more, we will be guiding them to to become great citizens of their community and of the world.
What do parents want for their children? When we talk to them this is what we hear.
Parents want to see them learn to be focused, responsible, disciplined, gain confidence, and social skills. They would also like them to be learning responsibility, tolerance, problem solving, and creative thinking. While we have been working on those skills here at Balanced Life Skills I believe that over the next year you will see us finding new innovative ways to develop these skills in our students.
We will do this by integrating and imbedding these skills in our culture. Integrating teaching these skills while we teach the physical skills of the martial arts is one of our goals this year. As parents and teachers one of the best ways we can help is by modeling the skills we want our children to have.
We can focus on this together as we develop our students into Ultimate Students and citizens of our community.
Last night we took a group of students and parents to the Sheraton Hotel to do gift wrapping with the Jr. League. For the second year in a row now we have wrapped gifts for the 234 foster children in our county so that they will have a holiday season that will bring some joy to their lives.
With 3 to 4 gifts contributed for each child by the citizens of AA County, it is quite a chore. But with all that we have learned on the mat in our martial arts training about focus and discipline we were able to complete all the wrapping in just one hour. Here are some photos from our evening.