Goodwill Hunting

When I talk to my children about the challenges of the past year, I’m grateful for the words of Winnie the Pooh:

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use
long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like
“What about lunch?”
— A.A. Milne

I try to remember too, that after the elections, there is still us.  People with different hopes and dreams, living together. Grocery shopping. Taking our kids to school. Working. Sitting on park benches. Together.

How is this going to work?  I keep coming back to the basic need for kindness.  And even more specifically goodwill.  

Goodwill doesn’t mean we need to agree. It simply means we show up with an open heart and “benevolent interest.”  Like the glue kindergartners lovingly use to make Valentine’s cards, goodwill is the kind word and the helping hand, even when the “other” may see the world very differently from me  It’s the unseen glue that sticks a classroom, a neighborhood, a society, together.  Now more than ever, I’m reminded that children’s stories, and even good multi-media, can offer shining, inspiring examples of goodwill, especially the invincible, unconquerable, unvanquishable kind. Think Horton Hears a Who and Charlotte’s Web. 

What books come to mind for you?

I’ll be thinking and writing a lot more about this over the coming year.  In the meantime, this list complied by Tasha Saecker is a good place to start.


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