‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts. His acts being seven ages.’
As many of you know, the above is a quote from Shakespeare which succinctly highlights the temporary, but important role we all play in this world. In order to play our part, we need to know which part is ours. For some, this is easy, for others it is difficult and for others still, they perhaps never actually get to play their part. How we are taught, shown and raised is an important factor in what we do, what we become. From the very beginning, our family, teachers and friends become our principle influencers. We see, we hear, we learn and we grow.
Some children, regardless of whether they were born into poverty or wealth are taught to do and be the best they can in every aspect of life. They are taught to respect others, to show kindness, to love and to empathise. Other children are taught the opposite. Both ‘sets’ of children grow to become adults with better or worsening behaviour. That’s the thing we cannot get away from, our children grow and become a bigger version (an adult version) of the type of child they were.
The results of this test aren't really meaningful until age three or three-and-a-half,” says Hyde. “Before that, many of these behaviours are fairly common, and don’t predict anything. But after age three, if children are still behaving in these ways, their behaviour is more likely to escalate in the following years rather than improve. Rick Nauert PhD, ‘Why Most Kids Outgrow Bad Behaviour (And Some Don’t)
For several children, the world is bleak and filled with hurt, anger, resentment, violence, abuse, addiction and other forms of negative behaviour. Statistically, they are situated in a life that can only show or teach them to behave in a similar manner as they increase in age. However, this does not mean they will never get to play great roles in life. With intervention, it is possible for them to improve and begin ‘playing’ a better part in society. Sometimes, despite being surrounded by so much negativity, it only takes one person to make a difference. It can take just one person who will take the time to show or teach children/young adults to live positively, live differently and to realise they can become great.
Sometimes, that one person is a parent, relative, teacher, friend, social worker or spiritual leader.
Sometimes that one person is a mentor. Have you considered mentoring? Would you like to become a JUT mentor? Contact us today to find out more about mentoring or to register your interest: