I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's 1-2-1-2-1. Or January 21st, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

For the month of January, we've been talking about this idea that ignorance is the source, of knowledge, or sometimes the lack of knowledge. But why do we want knowledge in the first place? And how does our character combined with our education to make us the people we hope to become?  

"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one, not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." - Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the last part of this quote that really sticks with me. Worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. But I think we can take that a step further.

I was watching the inauguration today, and the youngest poet Laureate of the United States. A young woman named Amanda Gorman. Spoke.

And if you have the opportunity. It's definitely worth paying attention to. One of the lines I'm seeing quoted many places is this:

"There is always a light, if only we're brave enough to see it."

But it's the line that comes next that really makes the difference:

If only we're brave enough to be it.

I think we can add that action step to this idea of a complete education. Where we have, not only the powers of concentration being developed, and the worthy objectives upon which to concentrate ( That's our character) - but the action, the being step, the follow-through, the doingness. That's where the real magic is.

And I think the power of three is important to remember. Our intelligence, plus our character, plus action.... Plus the bravery to be it.

I'm going to keep it short today. And I hope you find this helpful. Remember, there is no perpetual parenting handbook. We're all learning as we go.  And with curiosity as our map. And the bravery to take action. We can be ready for anything. So good luck today. You've got this. See you tomorrow.

You can watch the full video of Amanda Gorman's speech here:

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden’s inauguration
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. For access to live and exclusive video ...