When you build a house in New England, temperature management is a critical consideration.
The highs and lows of our seasonal temperature variations are some of the most impressive in the world. You don’t build a house for severe winter and you don’t build a house for extreme summer – you build one that will perform well in both.
Two key considerations here: Insulation and Windows. Insulation will keep your hard-earned dollars from radiating out the roof in the winter, and well-placed windows will allow the heat of the sun to pour into your home from the Southern Skies.
This dynamic speaks to the art of raising a person as well– and not necessarily just a child, either.
People need insulation and sunshine.
Insulation comes in many forms: intestinal fortitude, self-image, personal security, financial stability, emotional harmony, familial and social community, etc.
But often, sunshine comes in disguise. Sometimes you sense more heat than light.
Responsibility is this type of sunshine.
I fear that all too often today leaders, teachers, and parents can be too focused on insulation, and miss the benefit of a little sunshine. We would do well to shift our focus from insulating our people in an effort to protect them. Rather than trying to keep them from struggling, we should trust our people to try and fail successfully - cope, rebound, and try again.
Plants grow toward sunshine. Innately, a plant will twist, turn, reach, and sprout toward sunlight. People, especially kids, are a lot like plants. Give them responsibility and let them have at it – they will grow to it.
Now go grow,
Dr. Stephen Franson