Yeah, it may sound corny to want to change the world, but we can. When we look at the problems in our world, they can seem too big, too overwhelming for any of us to affect. But, when you look at it ONE person at a time, then perhaps it isn’t so daunting! In Judaism, it’s called Tikkun Olam, which roughly means to Repair the World. Jews are asked to do this “one person at a time.” Our kids will be the arbiters of change. We must empower them, lead them, and model for them. That is what we’ll discuss with the inimitable Angela Maiers this Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. Your homework is to read her recent column for the Huffington Post, When Students Say They Want to Change the World — Listen to Them!
Welcome to 2013 and Happy New Year. Our first #DadChat of the year took on the themes of my last two columns, New Year’s List: Seven Attitudes of Gratitude and Christmas and New Year’s: Best Time of the Year, 12 Reflections. We talked about GRATITUDE Thursday, January 3 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. It was quite inspiring as you can read in the transcript. Join us EVERY Thursday at the same time, same place, same hashtag!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wayne Levine (BetterMenCoaching.com) for “The Men’s Room.”
Pastor Drew Sams (DrewSams.com) for “Teen Rap.”
Special Guest, Dr. Jennifer Weberman (The Parenting Playground)
This show is loosely based on this week’s “A Dad’s Point-of-View” column, How to Make a Difference: One Person at a Time. We discuss making a difference here.
I often proselytize about how we can each make a difference. Every Sunday on my A Dad’s Point-of-View Facebook Page, I ask as part of what I call #FaithSunday, “What are YOU doing to Repair the World?” It’s said that we can repair the world, one person at a time. I believe that to my core. Trying to solve the big problems in the world can be simply overwhelming, but everyone can touch a single human being. Everyone can make a difference.
When I began writing, my initial goal was to be a dad advocate as my own experiences motivated me in that direction. I still advocate on behalf of dads and all parents. But, as I ventured into the world of Social Media, I realized I had another goal of larger importance and that was to do my part to make the world a better place – to do my part to Repair the World, or Heal the World as Michael Jackson said!
When Steve Jobs died I was yet again reminded of the fragility of life. No matter how rich or famous a person is, the grim reaper does not care. While I won’t admit how close in age Jobs and I were, I will admit that I fully recognize that my life could end any moment, though I pray it doesn’t. There is still too much to do, see, and too much work left to do.