I got this message loud and clear this week. An amazing thing really. A friend of mine was looking at pictures of the Gulf oil spill with a young man in her life, 6-year-old Evan Redlin, to be precise. They saw pictures of the blackened ocean and of turtles and whales covered in oil. Evan immediately said, “Oh no! I want to help!” There was no, “Who did that!” or “How did that happen”, he was immediately and only concerned with what he could do to contribute. This demonstrates a wonderful quality of a child’s way of thinking.
Children are great at being present. They think about the here and now and are little concerned with the past or future. They are able to have a huge fight with their friends one minute, and be giggling over ice cream the next. It’s a lovely thing.
As nice as it was that Evan
quickly wanted to help, and this is a trait we should all work on improving, he
needed the adults in his life to help him reach a goal. And this gets to the
second point I’m making. We should act like adults. It was the good sense and
drive of Kelly and James (the lovely people who raise Evan and his sister,
Nikol) who were able to make Evan’s want come to a positive end. They quickly
picked up on his enthusiasm and devised a Silent Auction. They and their
friends bought items, the kids painted artwork that were lovingly framed and
presented, and many offered services. Their efforts resulted in $850 raised for
the Ocean Conservancy.
Another point to make here is the value of giving back that Kelly and James are teaching Evan and Nikol. Evan had a thought that he wanted to give back, but when he saw his ideas come to fruition, I believe he learned a wonderful lesson on what a little hard work and effort can do to bring about great results. These are lessons that are going to last for a lifetime.
We were also able to get an article posted in the Indianapolis Star to tout their success!
There are a couple things that I want to end with today. First, as important as it is to be present and to think with the mindfulness of a child, it is as important to be able to follow through like an adult. These two traits, when combined, are a striking combination.
Here are some pictures of the Silent Auction. Enjoy!
The Art Table:
Buffet set up:
Evan and Nikol after the Event: