I recently read, Hello Canada, a biography on iconic Toronto Maple Leafs hockey broadcaster, Foster Hewitt. It was written by Scott Young, former newspaper sports columnist and father of rocker Neil Young. Hewitt broadcast Leaf games for over 30 years, beginning on radio in the 1930s, before moving to television in the ’50s. He became synonymous with the Leafs and was known all over the world, particularly after calling the play by play during the infamous Canada – Russia series in 1972.
Last year, I posted a blog on seven things parents can do to raise their children to feel good about themselves. I would like to add one more item to this list. In retrospect, it is likely the single most important thing parents can do, and that is to raise their children to ‘live in consciousness.’
Wild Horses … The Rolling Stones
If you find yourself getting upset with something or someone (for example, when you feel like you’re being taken for granted), dig deep and quite likely you will find that at the root of your upset is a feeling of rejection or more appropriately, a fear of rejection. To understand this fear, let’s consider the flip-side of it, which is acceptance. Another way of expressing the fear of rejection is to say, ‘the fear of non-acceptance.’
It is not an exaggeration to say that bullying in our schools, particularly in North America, has become an epidemic. Despite all the attention and news coverage, kids continue to be bullied, and unfortunately, many are driven to take their own lives.
There is no need for this to continue. With a workable short term strategy and cooperative long term plan we can put an end to this plague.
I have an idea. It was inspired by democratically elected Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi’s recent edict, giving himself sweeping powers over political and judicial processes in that country. In the face of political opposition and street protests, Morsi is asking Egyptians to trust him. Hmmmm!