Humility allows us to listen before we judge today’s generation, keeping in mind that we aren’t perfect.
I always laugh when I hear the statement “kids say the darndest things”. I mean, yeah they do in many cases, but it doesn’t come without hours of observation and listening sessions. Let’s be honest, kids keep us humble and show us our personality traits that we hide from the mirror. To truly check if we are humble, we must receive feedback. And the best feedback usually comes right from kids. It’s easy to become lost in the “do as I say and not as I do” cycle, especially during a season of COVID where chaos and fear becomes our neighbor. Have you found yourself in a negative cycle that requires feedback to break? I have found myself in cycles before that have led down long and unhealthy roads. This isn’t about being perfect, it’s simply about recognizing some of our actions that can lead us to kids saying the “darndest things”. Maybe it’s that grown-ups do the darndest things and kids just say what they’ve observed.
Our youth don’t look to mimic our fancy titles and diplomas hanging on our walls. They look to mirror our actions and the words that come out of our mouths daily. When we stay humble, that’s when growth within our families really blooms and takes form in a positive light. Humility allows us to listen before we judge today’s generation, keeping in mind that we aren’t perfect. The word perfect only really applies to things like puzzles, shoes, chicken sandwiches, 70-degree weather in Texas; you get the point. People aren’t perfect, our youth aren’t perfect, Stephen isn’t perfect but we all can scoot a bit closer if we stay humble and open to feedback. As always, lead with love!