Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Great pictoral to help your children have a reality check

About four years ago our Angel #1 was struggling through the first of many phases of chronic umphalos.  You know, the idea that the world revolves around you.  It is the childhood version of the entitlement mentality.  Unfortunately many in our society have never matured past this stage but that is a different discussion for a different time.  Well the long and short of it is that Mrs. Wicke packed up all her things -her clothes, her toys, her bedding, etc.- and cleared out her room.  All the precious things that Angel #1 thought she had "a right to" were gone until there was a significant change in attitude.  This change would be manifest by gratitude, kindness, obedience, displays of responsibility like cleaning up after herself and taking care of "her" things, etc.
Oh, there was kicking and screaming (not unlike some government workers and school employees in Wisconsin) but the end results were fantastic.  Some call this a "reality check" others call it a "come to Jesus meeting".   Several years later there is very little trace of a spoiled, entitlment driven, ungreatful character in our Angel #1.  She is well on her way to being a very beautiful (speaking mainly of those internal  characteristics) young lady. 

This story is a way for me to introduce a pictoral I stumbled across on MSN.com.  It is a visual tour through the bedrooms of about 20 young people.  Obviously there is much to be learned since a picture is worth a thousand words.  I am definitely going to spend some time viewing, learning and discussing these pictures with my children.  We live at the apex of human civilization.  We have more material needs that any society deserves and yet there are children around the world who live in desperate circumstances...  My little angels need to have a larger view of life and need to understand the greater context in which they live.  I, for that matter, would do better to remember this.

Click here or on this image for the link to the story: