How to make better communities

Today we’re going to do a study on how to make better communities. Society is made up of the family, the schools, and the church. Let’s start with the family because that’s where each life begins. What should we learn at home that will serve us all our lives? I believe the most important thing is to learn respect – respect for yourself, your body, your family (parents and siblings) and of course grandparents, aunts and uncles. Then there are our neighbors, our teachers, our ministers and everyone we come in contact with.

How do we show respect? How do we respect our bodies? We keep them clean. We wash regularly. We also keep them clean by having good thoughts and if you’re a girl, you save yourself sexually. Now you may laugh, but this is extremely important. The negative things that can happen from fooling around sexually are horrendous! You can become diseased, you can become pregnant, and those things can ruin your life. Your schooling may be taken away and thus your capacity to earn money will change completely. The boy or man who has made you pregnant may not want to marry you. Then what? When the newspaper prints the names of the new babies, I look to see how many are married. Sometimes none of them are. I wonder what will become of the mother and child? You can’t undo it. Besides all of that, the relationship between you and the father will never be what it could have been. Why not aim for the best relationship?

Now let’s address dress. Always dress for the occasion. You have cleaning clothes, school clothes, play clothes, church clothes and special occasion clothes. Be modest. Don’t go for the extreme. Think positively in all you do. Honor your family name.

Learn how to communicate to avoid misunderstanding. Be a good listener and then contribute positive ideas and pitch right in. Learn to love to work. Work is so rewarding. It pleases others and yourself.

Relationships are so rewarding. We begin at home and then continue in school, our neighborhoods and community service. And be sure you have strong religious values. They will keep you on the right path.

Learn to be an achiever. Get involved. Make friends. Be sure you become a reader. Reading is such a big part of learning. Care about everything and everybody. Be honest and responsible. Don’t make decisions hastily. Don’t be a part of the problem; be a part of the solution.

Have good self-esteem and think highly of others. Have a plan for your life and remember this: time is life. How you spend your time will determine your life. Remember: people are watching you. What do you want them to see?

I concentrated on the children, but everything I said applies to everyone. I think it’s necessary that children remember that adults have more experiences than children and they can’t think like you think, but you can learn from them. Listen to them.

On the other hand, parents, don’t expect your children to be as wise as you are. Teach them.

If you have a good family, you will carry all those good habits into your neighborhood and your communities. Be good workers. When you see something that needs to be done, ask if you can help.

Also remember that you have to know your boundaries too, whether you are at home, in school, in church, or your community. And one more thing. If you learned to respect yourself, you will respect others too and they will love you for it. If you do all these things, you will have a life full of love. What could be better?

I leave you with this thought: The Irish give us the “top of the morning”, the Americans give us a “great day”, but I say, “Have a great life, starting today.” Pass it on.