Welcome to The Daily Kind, where we help you stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything.

My name is Kirk Wheeler. It's January 2nd, 2021. This is the first episode of The Daily Kind. The reason I'm starting this podcast is not to tell you how to be a good parent, because if you're like me, I'm sure there's already enough people in your life doing that.

The idea here is to stay inspired. Each day brings a different challenge, something new, something unexpected, and sometimes a simple quote or a short conversation can change the way you see things. So each month we'll take our inspiration from the values of Kind and Curious. And today we're just going to talk about what those values are and share one quote to get us started.

The idea of this podcast is to keep things short. So I'm just going to read out what our mission and values are. The mission of Kind of Curious is to help people stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything. And when I thought about this idea, I wrote down a ton of words that I thought would be valuable and I came up, at one point with, you know, 20, and then I brought it down to six or seven and now I've kind of settled on 12. It has a nice flow to it with the rhythm of the calendar. So here they are, it starts like this:

• Ignorance is the source.

• Failure is the seed.

• Truth is the soil.

• Courage is the root

• Joy is the water

• Learning is the tree.

• Kindness is the language.

• Curiosity is the map.

• Compassion is the path.

• Perfect is the enemy.

• Justice is the fruit.

•Everyone is the goal.

And so I'll just call out that I'm already using these. I was hoping to start this on the first -  it's the second. So I'm reminding myself that perfect is the enemy, but today let's start with the first one.

"Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance" - Anthony de Mello

This is something I've thought a lot about, this idea that our wisdom and our awareness of the things around us actually tend to grow. And over our lifetime, they grow exponentially, as we become more and more aware of all the things we don't know.

And it goes back to something I've been thinking a lot about as we begin this new year, the idea of a beginner's mind and keeping an attitude of openness, trying to let my preconceptions of how things should go, well, let those go. And we can talk about the new year 2021. We can think about 2020 and the strange year that is now behind us and the new opportunities and the new challenges of 2021.

But if we're still talking about what happened last year, we won't be open to the promise of the new one. So I'm starting off the new year with an open heart and seeing wisdom is my goal through the path of ignorance.

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Thank you for spending some of your precious time with me today and good luck.

See you tomorrow.