So, we had an awesome day together. We talked about things that are important and challenging. I hope my stories and ideas were inspirational, but I also know this:
Inspiration without Application = A bunch of good feelings
Unfortunately, good FEELINGS don't change our school or the world. Good ACTIONS do. So now it's time to get to WERK WERK WERK WERK WERK.
So, here is the CHOOSE LOVE 48 hour workout plan.
PRACTICE. Let's Put LOVE into ACTION
Here are 3 ways you can PRACTICE LOVE over the next 24 hours
TODAY: Write a note to someone you live with and put it somewhere they will find it in the morning. The note should include at least 2 specific things you appreciate or love about them and an encouragement to have an awesome day. You can sign your name or leave it anonymous - up to you!
TOMORROW: During lunch, walk around as much of the school as you can and take time to notice where people sit, what they eat, and what they look like. Smile as you walk around, but this isn't about making any connections (yet). This is just about awareness - are there people who look disconnected? Are there noticeable groups that sit the same place every day? Where do the students at your school sit and, if you had to guess, why?
TONIGHT: There are lots of ways to practice LOVE - through honesty, kindness, respect, humility, forgiveness, commitment, patience, selflessness, and a whole lot more. Out of those 8 words, a few questions to answer for yourself: 1) Which one do you need the most work on and why? 2) Which one do you feel like you are good at and how do you show it to yourself or others? 3) Which one do you look for or look up to in other people and why is that important to you?
SOCIAL. instatweet, snapface.
post these to remind people of the message
In person is the best way to show people what this message looks like in everyday life, but a few digital reminders wouldn't hurt. Share one or more of these with a caption of how you related to or believe in the message over the next 48 hours.
I'm grateful for young people like you who are going to make your school and this world a better place. Let me know how I can help.