The Importance of Acknowledging Others
Each day we encounter many people along our journey, sometimes the people are in our families, some of them are colleagues, friends or strangers. Our lives have meaning as a result of our connections to others. One of the many benefits of being connected to others is being acknowledged as a unique individual with gifts, talents and contribution.
As we value ourselves and others we are supporting and practicing self-confidence, valuing our uniqueness and becoming more comfortable expressing our opinions. Knowing who you are and holding firm to the person you believe yourself to be in the face of life’s challenges and choices, is a life-long skill that can begin to develop in childhood through our connections to others.
As a class, group or family watch the following video about students and their teacher, Barry White Jr. developing personalized ways to greet each other:
Teacher Has Incredible Handshakes With Each Student | ABC News (1:02)
- Design your own greeting with your partner, a unique handshake, a dance, a special saying
Ask yourself, there is no wrong answer:
When you consider your special gifts and abilities, how did those help you create the greeting you made up with your partner? How is your special personality, gifts and talents represented in your handshake, dance or special saying?
How do you feel when you are greeted, someone looks you in the eye and is genuinely interested in you?
Connecting to Our Faith
I resolve that no more will I let other people press me into their mold. I’m going to be what God wants me to be. I’m going to do what God wants me to do, and I’m going to fulfill the plan that God has for my life, not somebody else’s plan for my life. – adapted from A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem by Wendy L. Ross
501 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Robert D. Ramsey
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