I live in a county of privilege, one where it’s quite easy to let your kids slide into a world of entitlement if you’re not careful. One of my biggest goals as a parent is not to let that happen. One way I work on this is to get the kids involved in giving back and understanding the importance of contributing to the world through service and good deeds.
Martin Luther King Day, of course, offers an obvious opportunity for this. Last year I got tired of the day being nothing more than a day home from school for the kids, so I started looking around for projects in which to get involved. None was a particularly good match, so when my neighbor suggested a stream clean up, we were on board. A bunch of moms and kids headed out to the stream behind our neighborhood and loaded up our garbage bags.I think it’s a great fit for the kids–they play out there regularly and it’s an easy way to see the impact they are making. Today we’re at it again.
It’s our little way of making a deposit in this world. My hope is that this deposit does some good for the local environment while teaching my kids the lessons of doing their part.
Running is all about making deposits, too. You put your training time in–the deposits–and you get the payoff of better running and a healthier life as a result. The more you put in, the more you get out.
Two vastly different types of deposit making, but both worth the effort, in my opinion. How are you making deposits today?