What You’re Looking For

Image: by Kiri, via Flickr

This is what you’re looking for.

If you’re working with young people, or the parent of a young person, you are NOT looking for the ways in which they conform to the expectations or demands placed on them.

You are looking for moments like this. When, amidst the detritus turning to loam, a seed planted who knows how long ago becomes a tiny, fragile flower all its own. Chances are that it will look like no other flower you’ve ever seen.

And when you see this, it’s your job to keep it growing.

Forget test prep. Forget expensive summer programs. Think sunlight. Think early morning rain.

Because the path to who we are each meant to be is unknown until it is traveled. And supporting young people to explore what matters to them, what excites them, what intrigues, and what moves them… is the best investment in their future that any of us could make.

(Hat tip to Scott McLeod,
whose post today
got me thinking about this again.)

Posted on February 19, 2009, in big picture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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