How do we learn to go out of our way to make someone else’s day? Is it already in us to do that with regularity?

Today we point you to a fabulous story of the best that middle-school boys have inside themselves.

In schools today, entire systems are created to inspire emotions like empathy and selflessness.

Maybe these boys demonstrate the fact that we don’t need to constantly create artificial circumstances to “teach” them how to be decent people.

These kids had that quality just waiting for an opportunity to shine! Take a look at this phenomenal video, brought to us by CBS Evening News.

Lovely, huh? That just might be the most successful play I’ve ever seen.

It’s easy to see those kids (parents and friends) may be changed forever by that shared experience, and there could be positive ripples from that for generations.

Did you notice there seemed to be no “grown-ups” micro-managing the situation?

And how about that; it turned out perfect anyway! Are we far too structured in our schools’ systems, forcing things like teamwork and service to others?

In my professional life, I’ve found kids have the most extraordinary antennae for the inauthentic. There’s nothing that turns a teenager off like a person or situation that is fake or forced. We’ve all seen it. They don’t wholeheartedly participate in circumstances that seem contrived to simply lead them along to a certain outcome.

And the most successful play we can make?

What if we were to simply support the conditions wherein acts of kindness could happen naturally more often? What if instead of focusing on the systems, we focused on the culture in our schools?

I’d be willing to bet that the kids from the school in the video either come from a school culture that values acts of kindness, or they started one! The possibilities are fun to think about.

Stay open, curious and hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “On the Road: Middle School Football Players Execute Life-changing Play.”YouTube. CBS Evening News, 25 Oct. 2013. Web. 15 Sept. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ejh_hb15Fc>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.