Inspired Words


Coloring Outside the Lines

Some invest heavily
In wrong and right
As if the world
Were black and white
Suppose you took
The color away
There’d still be
Countless shades of gray
Countless opinions
And points of view
Countless thoughts
On which to chew
Should you find something
That works for you
You may want to assume
It will work for me too
But I am unique
In my view of the world
How my thoughts and beliefs
Have swirled and twirled
In what I’ve experienced
What I like and detest
In what brings me joy
Or brings out my best
If I am to find
My place on this Earth
If I’m to find meaning
Feel value and worth
I require the freedom
To play and explore
To learn from mistakes
To make even more
To try on ideas
To try out new things
To find my own truth
To give my heart wings
To be sacred me
In a rainbow of colors
Not a two-tone clone
Spoon fed by others
No matter how good
Their intentions may be
No one else can see
What’s right for me
I am more capable
Than you can know
Your fears and limits
Won’t help me grow
Coloring outside the lines
Is essential
Like you, I am born
Of pure potential.

 Dan Coppersmith

© 2010 Dan Coppersmith

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HB #17- Who Are 'They'?

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In this episode: Sarah talks about social and media influences- deprogramming ourselves to see the empowered decisionmakers in our children.

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Who are ‘they’?
Researchers? Other parents?

Studies regarding social influences on children are not studying free children
Most children in our society are oppressed, judged, otherwise altered by the motives of others.
How can these studies apply to our children?

Undesirable messages

Good vs. bad in life- smoking, alcohol, tattoos, clothing choices… What are the issues that bug you?

Free children demonstrate their individuality in their relative disinterest in the choices of others.
We talk about personal choice and evidence- they make their own personal choice

Sex, drugs, language

Video games- violence primarily is the issue
In talks with my kids- ‘we know it’s not real!’
Listen to them- they know
Role playing- pretend- fun, playing out scenarios not experienced in real life

Music- sex, language, violence

TV/movies- Watch with them! Talk about it.

Tune in to your kids.
Music selections:  Who Are They?- Buck O Nine / Anyway- O.A.R.

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