Day 4 of 31 // The Art of Embracing Responsibility

Friday, October 4, 2013

I heard on NPR one time that every child of wealth* needs a purpose - a cause greater than themselves and something that moves them to tears.  That despite their infinite resources and luxuries, they still need something they can give their time, talent and treasure to.

Everyone needs to feel needed.

My 3-year-old son loves to be given a job.  Whether it's picking up sticks for Daddy before he mows the yard, or pulling a garbage can three times his size down from the street on Tuesdays, he is game for some responsibility.  It's been fun to assign him little jobs and watch him flourish.

Currently his favorite job is to get the mail.  He takes this job very seriously.  And the best part of all is when he comes running through the yard after discovering the very exciting pile of junk mail, catalogues, and bills, and bursts through the door to exclaim, "Special Delivery for Mommy!"

There is so much art in figuring out how to attack new responsibilities and discovering what makes you feel needed.  How beautiful to watch a child flail and flourish through a new role or assignment.  It's a joy to help them make those discoveries.

*I consider the average American family to be wealthy compared to the rest of the world.

This post is part of a series I'm writing for the month of October entitled "31 Days of Seeing the Art in Everyday Life."  See all other posts in this series by clicking here


  1. I love the examples you keep coming up with for art in the everyday! Beautiful!


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