Yikes! It seems like just yesterday my baby was kicking my womb. Nowadays, he’s kicking-up balls and – from time to time – kicking-up tantrums.
I know that growth is inevitable; my little ones won’t always be little. And sometimes I feel like I’m racing against the clock to teach them what they’ll need to know for surviving outside of the home.
In recent years, however, I’ve learned to take it easy – knowing that I can’t teach them everything. Some things they’ll learn through experience.
But, don’t get it twisted, this doesn’t mean that I’ll quit teaching them. Many lessons must be taught at home. And I’m not letting my children leave home without good morals, manners, and of course, knowing the number 7 billion.
Yes, you read it correctly: the number 7 billion.
There are more than 7 billion people on Earth. And here’s what I’m telling my children about this number:
You are unique.
Of all the 7 billion-plus people, there is not another just like you. Your uniqueness adds value to this world. It is your power and freedom to stand-out among the crowd – adding a different perspective to conversations and ideas that impact our world. Never compromise your uniqueness for anyone. The only person who can be you is you. Blending-in to be accepted by others only decreases your value.
You have to work hard.
For everything you want, remember that there could be countless others who want the same thing. This world is no place for mediocrity and laziness. The person who works hardest usually gets the prize. The moment you slack, one of those 7 billion-plus people will be ready to take your place. Although you are unique, you are very much replaceable in society.
Somebody thinks you’re special.
Whenever you feel lonely and like nobody cares, don’t think of the few people who’ve abandoned you or mistreated you. Think of the possible 7 billion people who can’t wait to be your friend. Close your ears to those who degrade your worth, and surround yourself with people who value you.
Everybody is not like you.
With over 7 billion people on earth, there are numerous cultures and beliefs. Don’t expect everybody to do what you do or believe what you believe. While you don’t have to agree with their perspectives, respecting the fact that there are differences is the only way 7 billion-plus people can coexist peacefully.
Be thankful and give.
For every difficulty you face, there’s a good possibility that one of those 7 billion-plus people is dealing with something much worse. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, pick yourself up and find someone to help. You’ll soon realize that your troubles aren’t half as bad as you thought they were; and as you give, you’ll truly appreciate life.
Subtract 4 from 7 billion.
It’s true – there are over 7 billion people in this world. But the people who matter most to us are you, you, you, and you. You all are the apple of our eyes. Mom and Dad always love you.