Change the Future

Thought for the Week

“You’re an author, and the stories you write are penned across the hearts of your children. Therefore, be careful with the pen because you’re writing on some very precious paper.” ~Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ~Peggy O’Mara

“Those little bright eyes know when your attention is wandering. When they are telling you the news from school, give your full attention. Everything else can be set aside for the moment. You are teaching your children to listen to you.” ~Eknath Easwaran

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ~Frederick Douglass

“We talk so much about leaving a better planet to our children, that we forget about leaving better children to our planet.” ~Gerry Burnie

The second greatest thing we can do in this life is build a path to a peaceful, loving future. The greatest thing we can do is show our children how to tread that path and live in that future.


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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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37 Responses to Change the Future

  1. Great wisdom here. I’ve always loved the Frederick Douglass quote for two reasons: I could see how my parents comments affected me and I’ve seen it with my own children. A kind encouraging word goes a long way! Thanks for sharing. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ~Frederick Douglass

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  2. Wynne Leon says:

    Beautiful and inspiring, Mitch! These hit home for me since I have two small children – thank you!

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  3. I couldn’t agree more, Mitch.

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  4. AJ Hauser says:

    A call to action. Happy Monday.

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  5. Thanks Mitch. Really good! I haven’t come across any of those quotes before. All are helpful and challenging. The paper is precious whether the children are ours, in our school, in our church or in our neighbourhood… and we write more frequently than we sometimes realise or acknowledge.

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  6. Mitch timely to start the week. We just had Grandson and his girlfriend visit. I hope that grandparents can help grow the children as well!

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  7. Interesting thoughts on communication and intimacy. Isn’t the point to let the child know you are interested in them? Certainly not to inculcate the child’s interest in you. that may very well happen but not until the child realizes your loving presence. That’s the lesson of the prodigal after all. Norm

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  8. Truth! I love this post, Mitch.

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  9. Thank you Mitch. I haven’t read any of these before. So very helpful.

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  10. I loved every one of these. How we speak to them also stays with them forever.

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  11. On my phone, the first 2 quotes are hidden by the last image. Gr8 image, but seeing those quotes would be nice too.

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  12. All of these are great quotes. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Chaya Sheela says:

    Love these quotes. Thank you for sharing.
    The picture, “Hope for the future” says it all. Children are born social creatures and are selfless.

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  14. The picture of the child soldiers just breaks my heart. In my daily prayer against terrorism, I pray for those children, that the Lord will shield their minds from whatever brainwashing they’re being subjected to, and instead give them visions and dreams of Him, so they’ll know He’s real, He’s there, and He loves them.

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  15. Ann Coleman says:

    Those first few images were heartbreaking.

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  16. The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice–Wow! Thanks and God bless, Mitch!

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  17. This selection of quotes is an excellent reminder for all of us.

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  18. Got back to my desktop and was able to read the image-hidden quotes there.  CDL is right up there with FD as a standout quote, even tho it can’t stand out on my phone.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I’m familiar with the inconsistencies from one device to another, MC. Ah, modern technology.

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      • Yes, and a true all-platforms zealot would have both an iPhone and an Android phone, so they could verify that something looks good (well, maybe just OK) on both.  While I don’t go that far, I find that it is not burdensome to preview a post on my (Android) phone after I think it is mostly finished on my (Win10) desktop.  Seeing the content in a different layout is helpful for proofreading anyway.

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  20. Bruce Cooper says:

    Mitch, should you wish to reach out to me privately, my email address can be found here: Thank you.

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  22. JW Worcester says:

    I wish I would have known this earlier. I need to practice it on my grandchildren – our most precious legacy.

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  23. JW Worcester says:

    Based on the comments and your audience, I’m afraid they’re unaware of the hazards for their children in our current culture. And the USA is still the leading cultural influence in the world. Check out my post.

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