Recently, I posted this quote on my Facebook page and was astounded by the reaction…and most astonished by who unexpectedly responded. The Help was a good movie, but the book was better. Maybe it was because I read the book first, and I find that my imagination version is usually more interesting than the celluloid version that a director creates. When I read a book, I can picture what the characters look like, sound like and how the scenery appears. But the best part about reading a book is the thrill of going back after seeing the movie and re-reading the book, just to see how much better it really is. And it is…really better.
I remember when little Mae Mobley repeated what Aibileen had taught her. You is kind. You is smart. You is important. And in that moment, I knew that every child should have Aibileen, or someone, give them the knowledge that they are kind, they are smart, and they are important. If more children had that lesson ingrained in them from their earliest days, we would have far less pain in the world.
People of all ages respond to being told they are important. It isn’t just children who need the reinforcement of being told they are kind. We all want to believe we are thought to be smart. The triple threat – being kind, smart AND important. Those traits are the making of leaders. I think about the leaders I would follow. They are all smart…and kind. And that makes them important to me. And the most important person in my life who is smart and kind is my husband. If there was ever someone who should have been told over and over that he is kind, smart and important, it is my guy.
It also makes me think of another movie I saw recently. Girl Rising. It moved me that there are so many young girls fighting for the right to prove they are smart. They fight for the right to an education. And they are willing to do almost anything to get an education. They shouldn’t have to go to the extremes these young girls did, just to go to school. They are important. And they should be able to prove it. No one should hold them back.
For all the children, everywhere, you are kind…you are smart…you are important. Believe it. Live it. Pass it on.
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer