An important development in the life of any child is when they start to see needs in this world and it has an emotional impact on them. Perhaps for you it was the first time you saw homelessness or realized people at your school didn’t have all the material possessions you did. Students at this age must learn to progress from sympathy (feeling bad) to empathy (identifying with someone’s need) to compassion (being motivated to bring about change). In this two-week series called Open, we will try to move them along in that journey so they can begin to see the needs around them and unclench their hands.
Week 1 Bottom Line:
When the need demands, open your hands.
Week 2 Bottom Line:
Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.