“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
We asked an 11-year old what this meant to him and here’s what he said: “Don’t compare yourself to other people. Follow your own path and just do your best. Because when you compare yourself to other people, it just makes you unhappy — you end up focusing on what you don’t have instead of what you do have.”
Smart thinking, we say.
Teddy Roosevelt, was an American author, naturalist, explorer, and the 26th President of the United States.
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.'”
We asked a 10-year old what this meant to her and here’s what she said: “Act in your own way, not everyone else’s.” And when we asked her what she thought Oscar Wilde meant she said, “He probably meant that people want to be like the crowd to blend in –– but it’s better to be original.”
Absolutely, we say.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
We asked an 11-year old what this quote by Martin Luther King Jr meant to him. And here’s what he said, “It means don’t just think about yourself. Think about what other people need and how you can help them.”
To that we add, on this day (Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday) and every day.
“Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
We asked a 9-year old what this quote from Mark Twain meant to her. Here’s what she said, “It means that when you’re nice and kind to people, everyone can see it or hear it even if they’re deaf or blind. And even if they speak a different language,” she added. “Because everyone understands kindness.”
We couldn’t agree more.
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
So said Abraham Lincoln. Smart words, for sure. And to test it out, we asked a ten year old what it meant to him. Here’s what he had to say: “Whatever you do, try your best at it. Don’t give up. Because then you feel good knowing that you did your best. Be the best you can be.”
Words to live by.