Monday, November 10, 2008

What's Your Message?

One of my favorite activity lessons for the high school students in Project: Inside Out is called "My Message". The students are asked to come up with a message that they would want the world to see. Pretending that their message will be on a billboard in every town all over the world, they are asked to create a design with an original statement that will grab the viewers attention. The whole world is their audience and they get to make a statement that could have a dramatic impact on the planet.

For instance, something that I believe would have a dramatic impact on people everywhere is if they were simply kind to every person they came in contact with. That sign would say
"Be Kind....Feel Good!" Another would be seeing every other person as an equal where comparison of appearance, possessions, money, intelligence would not hold anyone as better or worse than another.That would be "Me =You", "You =Me". Another great message I would love the world to see would be "Be Free....Forgive Someone Today". That would surely bring peace to the Middle East. How about this one that could help people to recognize why they lash out at someone else and how they could end the cycle of war.....Fear is the enemy....Love is the sword.....Understanding, the shield.

Can you imagine what the impact would be if all people everywhere were constantly exposed to positive, loving statements and affirmations rather than anger, violence, and blame?

Okay, so my statements are not likely going to be found on billboards around the world, but you just read them. What has been the impact on you? What difference would it make in your life, if you remembered even one of them? Well, I am willing to bet you would be happier and everyone that came in contact with you would be a little bit happier too.

What's your message for the world?

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