Life Lessons

Want to drastically lower the rates of crime, mental health problems, and physical health problems across the country and the world?

Create a course on LIFE at every grade level that teaches kids how to handle stress in healthy ways, how to communicate effectively, the role nutrition and physical activity play in mood and health, and how to manage money.

It is the easiest, least expensive, and most far-reaching solution to most of the biggest problems we face–because schools are the one place to reach entire generations at the same time.

If enough people contacted school boards and lawmakers, things would change.

A.R. Knight

Is Kindness Strength?

“If you ever think soft isn’t strong, look at what water did to the Grand Canyon.” – A.R. Knight

Never mistake your kindness for weakness.

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What Endures?

In fiction and in real life, settings can take on a life of their own. They almost become characters. For many, the burning of Notre Dame feels like a loss.

Though I walked through the cathedral years ago and felt sadness watching the flames engulf history today, what I was reminded of most strongly was the power of nature…of how in the blink of an eye, feats of architecture and human achievement can be erased.

That reminded me once again that the most enduring legacy we leave behind is not found in things–but rather resides in the minds and hearts of those we love.

A.R. Knight

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How Can We Change the World?

By looking at the lesson in other people’s behavior and seeing ourselves in them.

Seeing ourselves as separate is the root of all loneliness and hate. Was what the parents did in the college cheating scandal right? No. It robbed their children of the chance to learn on their own merit and stole rightfully earned entry from deserving students. In my opinion, that’s the tragedy.

But have you ever wanted the best for your children or wanted people to think well of you? Admission to a prestigious university reflects well on both the children and the parents. No matter how much money those parents had, they still didn’t think they were good enough for their peers. So, they attempted to buy self-worth for themselves and their children—not understanding that you can’t buy self-worth. It comes from within.

We all want to be valued. Social media is a platform in which we can lift others up. You have the power to make a difference in someone else’s life every time you sign on. Look for yourself in everyone you meet, and you will see we are far more alike than we are different.

A.R. Knight

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Why is Friendship Important?

From the moment we are born, we need other people in order to survive. A very important part of growing up is learning how to rely on oneself, but many of the best experiences in life are shared with others.

Genuine friends believe in us when we have trouble believing in ourselves. They see the best in us and challenge us to rise to who we are capable of being. But they also see our flaws…and accept us for being human, knowing we are all works in progress.

Though families can be bonded fiercely, often times it’s our friends who make us feel the most at home…especially the ones who understand us and accept us exactly as we are.

While we don’t get to choose our families, our co-workers, our bosses, and for many people around the world–their spouses–we always get to choose our friends…people who understand our suffering and who celebrate our joys…people who accept us when others don’t and who get us on a fundamental level.

True friendship is a gift. If you have one real friend in this world, you have something no amount of money can buy.

A.R. Knight

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