I was working on another post late at night, when on came “The Man of Steel”. At one point, Kevin Costner who plays Superman’s adopted father on Earth speaks to him. This scene caught me tonight despite having seen this movie several times. After some other boys are picking on him, the young Superman wishes he could fight back against the bullies. Costner says, “You just have to decide what kind of man you want to be, because no matter who that man is, good character or bad, he is going to change the world.”
This quote applies to more than just Superman the kid, but all kids! Our actions impact the world in many ways. It is up to us to make decisions that will change the world in a positive way. I spend a lot of time working with young kids about how to respond in the face of anger, frustration, and sadness. I have said the first half of this quote many times to both boys and girls. The second part “no matter who that man is, good character or bad, he is going to change the world” is one that I think really drives the point home.
The kids on our schools will change the world. Some will change the world for good, sadly, some will not. What we do with those children is important. What are we doing to make sure more of our children change the world for good?