The kids and I just finished watching “Meet the Robinsons” again for Sunday afternoon rest time. It’s a great movie about a boy that is abandoned at an orphanage by his birth mother and spends the entire time he is there trying to find a way to find here to be reunited. This sets off a huge adventure of time travel, fighting against evil, etc. If you are not familiar you can read more about the movie at imdb.
Anyway toward the end of the movie there is a scene where Lewis (the main character) is talking to the villain (his roommate from the orphanage that has traveled back in time to ruin Lewis’ life) and it went like this:
Lewis: Goob, I had no idea!
Bowler Hat Guy: Shut up! And don’t call me “Goob”! How many evil villains do you know that can pull off a name like “Goob”? Bleh!
Lewis: Look, I’m sorry your life turned out so bad. But don’t blame me you messed it up yourself. You just focused on the bad stuff when all you had to do was… let go of the past and keep moving forward.
Bowler Hat Guy: Hmm, let’s see… take responsibility for my own life or blame you? Dingdingdingdingding! Blame you wins hands down!
“You just focused on the bad stuff when all you had to do was… let go of the past and keep moving forward.” – how many of your kids could you have said that to? As I sit here I can think of many children I have cared for that if they could have just let go of the past and tried moving forward with the future, their lives probably would have been so much better.
I think if we have a primary mission with the children we care for it is to help them take responsibility for their lives and their future, help them to let go of the past, and help them to keep moving forward.
How can we do that?
- Do our best to stay positive, letting go of the past, and keep moving forward ourselves.
- Encourage the children to do the same.
- Point out to the children the positive things in their lives
- Help them to find talents and develop them.
- Encourage, encourage, encourage and then encourage some more.
I am sure there are other things you can do and would welcome additions to this list. Just join the blog and enter them as comments. Also if you haven’t seen “Meet the Robinsons” I strongly suggest seeing it.