When I see these bowls, I see much more than bowls.
I see artists throwing clay on their wheels and dipping bisque fired pots into vats of glaze.
I see community members and artisans connecting together in celebration.
I see hungry families eating.
I see acts of kindness and gratitude.
Acts of kindness and gratitude are contagious.
If we as parents want to raise our children with kind hearts, then we must lead by example. My Dad is an example of this. This month, he and a few other artists gathered to make, fire, and glaze hundreds of pots to be sold at their local arts festival. Only, none of these artists would make any money on these sales. Every penny earned gets donated to their local food pantry. This group has organized a similar Empty Bowls event for several years. This food pantry then uses the funding to buy food to stock the shelves for needy families. To this date, they have raised over $3,000 for the local pantry.
What can we do to help others?
At four and seven years old it is hard to grasp the life struggles that many in our community and abroad face. At 33 years old, I cannot even still not come close to understanding, but I try to fill my heart with gratitude and kindness, to lead by example, and hopefully raise compassionate children.
We, as parents and teachers, get to choose every day the kind of impact we want to make on our community and our children. Thanks to people, like my Dad, I am inspired to make a commitment to my family and set aside time in which my family spreads kindness and gratitude.