You gotta have heart…that’s what they say.  For young people, many aspects of life are needing a lot of desire, real enthusiasm.  But, to be successful, they will have to act, do something to put steps into motion.  These days kids battle against family crises, childhood obesity, academic stress and more.  They cannot afford to be complacent and uninvolved.  Today is the day to take action and make this world a better place!  It starts with building a “good” heart. 

•     Every person has value.  Some of us act like not everyone is valuable.  We may not pay attention to or help some people because we don’t see their importance.  Treating each person with dignity elevates your own life and allows others to find their place of worth.  We can start a new campaign to be polite and thankful.  It’s all about building a positive school climate.  If you believe in yourself and grow in love, anything is possible. 

•     Everyone learns from stumbling and making mistakes.  Making mistakes doesn’t mean that you’re STUPID, it means that you are learning.  We can do better in our classes, our personal health and our families.  We can develop better emotions and thinking.  Teasing or bullying need to be rejected.  We need to reject drug use, eat better, exercise more… make better choices.    

•     Everyone chooses to be “constructive” or “destructive.”  We either build up or tear down.  In health, we either eat good and exercise or our bodies get some problems.  We either get involved or we get “bored.”  We either reject taking drugs or we get sick from using them.  Nothing good will happen until we get committed to taking positive action and being responsible.  Good feelings need to be matched by good actions.    

•     Every person discovers love when giving to others.  Once we start taking action, we need to join with our families and community to take on the big problems.  Joining with others, we can literally change the world.  In our schools and towns, we are part of a larger family.  Reaching beyond ourselves, doing good things for others, is a great way to live. 

It is not easy to build a great life.  It takes smart choices, willpower to keep going, and good friends to support you everyday.  Many moments will come down to the choices you make. 

The way to reduce childhood obesity, drug use or student conflicts is by producing change.  We can build a caring spirit and match that with action.  The safety and health of many children are threatened by poor eating/exercise habits, the use of drugs, and academic mediocrity.  Now is the time to create a generation of young people, one that combines the best of hearts & hands.



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