We have the opportunity every single day to choose to be ‘extraordinary’ rather than ‘ordinary’ when making daily choices and decisions. What would you choose?
From the moment we wake up each day, we are faced with a myriad of choices. Each of these choices reflect the type of person we choose to be, how we choose to behave, and the projection of ourselves that we wish to present to our family, colleagues, and to the world.
Do we choose to strive for the extraordinary response; for greatness, to reach for the stars, to be the best we can be; or do we settle for less, for ‘good enough’, or do we simply follow the crowd?
Raising extraordinary children requires parents to model the extraordinary. Teaching children to think critically for themselves, to question what they are told by others, and to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, must come from parents who do the same. Parents should take the time to talk about easy choices, or choices which may not be so easy, but can have the potential to make a profound difference in their own lives, and in the lives of others. Parents are encouraged to ask themselves the following questions:
1) Do you choose to make a difference, or do you choose ‘the same old – same old’?
2) Do you choose to speak ‘your Truths’, or go with the flow of repetitive thinking or storylines that you hear from others?
3) Do you choose to take the high road or the same road?
4) Are your answers always the automatic ‘NO’ vs ‘YES’ which might require some additional effort and could present unexpected possibilities?
5) Do you role model ordinary or extraordinary for your children? If not, why not?
Choosing to be extraordinary, one decision at a time, can bring out the very best in those around us, support worthy endeavours, perhaps support the underdog for greatness, and even chase that magic! Every moment in our day is a moment of potential to experience and role-model the extraordinary, and make a difference in our own life, our children’s choices, and those of others.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do, are in perfect harmony.”
~ Mahatma Ghandi
Happiness, pride, and personal satisfaction are a few of the end results of choosing ‘extraordinary’.
Linda Sweet M.S. Ed.
Founder and Director, Glenburnie School
Pre-School to Grade 8
Providing a progressive and innovative private school education