I believe that when a child is born to this life, they are born knowing their worth, their purpose, their power. I imagine God whispering in their ear while they are in the space between worlds…”there is nothing that you can’t do.” They are born with endless possibilities. As we observe children and their organic essence, we feel envious of their innocense, their naivate. Sadly, and naively, we extinguish their inherent fire and set out to teach them “the ways of the world.” We school them and do everything that we can to baptize them into the customs of this life in hopes that they avoid heartache and hardship. What is so hearbreaking about that, is that we often put out the flame that they brought with them from a better place. With them, they brought flames of hope, joy, peace, resilience…flames of faith and magic. They were imprinted with a purpose. It is only necessary that we, the adults, step back and learn from them. Listen–and let their actions teach us what is best for them. Yes, we are the protector; we need to make sure that they are fed, clothed, loved and safe. What we must realize is that we cannot save them from life and from the path that they need to travel. There will be passions and joys that burn within their hearts, and the greatest thing we can do in this life is to support and encourage those flames. There is a realm of possibility that exists waiting to be brought into existence. Every second, there is a new soul born, ready and able to be the vessel of change. As you hold your child, listen and imagine that it just may be them who is here to discover the cure for cancer, who holds the answer to a world without war, without starvation. Your child may lead millions, or infuse happiness and joy into the lives of those they pass on the streets. They have greatness inside of them and it is not up to us to decide what is best for them, but to allow them to show us what is best for them, for us, and for the world. I will never forget the words of Will Smith to his son in The Pursuit of Happyness: “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something. Not even me. Alright?…You got a dream? You gotta protect it. ..People can’t do something themselves…they wanna tell you you can’t do it. ..you want something, go get it. Period.” Next time we have the urge to protect someone by saying that what they are trying to do is unrealistic, hard, impossible…hesitate and choose a better path. This child might have the power of Mother Theresa or Martin Luther King, Jr. inside of them. See every child as sacred and powerful. Treat them as such.