You all are incredible. Such smart, insightful, thoughtful comments you made regarding the “Holy Moly!” article. Between Facebook, this blog, and emails, I heard from more of you on this topic than any other…which means I wasn’t alone in thinking this topic is major. (If you’re just now joining us, please click here to refer to the post.)
It’s major because for one, we’re talking about our children here, and we all get a little nutty about our children. But it’s also major because it’s not just one thing, it’s LOTS and LOTS of things. It’s not just drugs we’re talking about; to many of these teens, they don’t even see the pills they’re snorting/taking as drugs, some actually thought they were some sort of vitamins, just used to help them hyper focus on school work. But, like I said, it’s just not about drugs, there are many more layers than that.
But peel away the layers.
Drug layer, gone.
Please my parents layer, gone.
Achieve amazing results in academics, sports, etc. layer, gone.
Peel all of it away.
Keep peeling, and what are you left with?
Children who believe that they are not enough.
Who grow into adults who believe they are not enough.
I don’t mean to sound so doom and gloom, but think about it, when you strip it down, that’s what you’re left with.
But it’s a lie. These children are enough. Each and every one of us is enough. But how do you make it Real, and not just sound like something nice to hear, say, in a blog that’s based on Trusting Life? How do you have kids stop to listen long enough to believe and understand and feel and know their worth…so that it stays with them into adulthood?
If Maya Angelou told you herself, in her deep, rich, authoritative, yet loving voice, then would you believe it?