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

I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's February 25th, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

One of the reasons I started this podcast is because the world is changing very fast and many of us are unprepared for the acceleration of change that surrounds us. I would include myself in this group, and so I'm trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can, to help my family navigate the pace of change we're all experiencing.

And it will take an honest look at where we are, to get us where we need to be. And our current failures are the best place to find the seed.

“If you don’t fix latent failures in your system, you’re asking for trouble.” –John Gould

Next week on The Daily Kind we're going to be starting off in March with the upcoming Kind and Curious value, truth is the soil. So today I'd like to take a minute and connect a few of these things. First of all, if I'm being honest, I had to look up the word latent to make sure it meant what I thought it did. In this case it means hidden, and we can't fix what we don't honestly look at. Truth is the soil where the seeds of failure have the best opportunity to grow.

The effort I'm putting into kind of curious, is to help you stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything, and when we're building something who we are, will inevitably come across in, whatever is being built. I'm a hopeful person by nature. And I believe in people, but I would be remiss if now, and then I didn't talk openly about the challenges that we're all facing together.

I wish it weren't so easy to name many of the systems that are failing us today, from our pandemic response and 500,000 American lives lost, to the challenges of systematic racism in our institutions, the Capitol riots and the list could go on.

We are learning a lesson in real time that many before us have tried to warn us about in writings, and art, and really in all forms of communication. Safety is an illusion. Change is the natural state of nature. And it's up to us to recognize this and do our best to build systems that work as well as they can for everyone.

And there are moments in history like the one we are experiencing now where we are thrust forward and must begin to craft the future that awaits us for ourselves, when we can no longer rely on all that has come before. So how can we do this? Well, that brings us to the takeaway.

How can you help the humans you are raising deal with upheaval and failing systems that we all once believed in. It's a hard question, and I won't pretend to have a simple answer that can solve all of these challenges, but I will share what has worked for me, and what my wife and I have shared with our children on many occasions. Fred Rogers has had a resurgence lately, with a documentary and a movie starring Tom Hanks about his life, and it's one of his quotes that has continued to bring solace and a path forward for us.

" Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping" –Fred Rogers

As humans we're wired to look for danger. Our children are, we are, it's meant to keep us alive. So we have to be extremely aware and thoughtful to be able to do this. And by reminding ourselves to look for the helpers, we'll start to see them everywhere. And the more we see them everywhere, the more opportunity we have to ask how we can lend a hand.

I hope you find this helpful. Be sure to take care of yourself today, hydrate. And remember, there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity as our map and looking for helpers along the way and asking how we can lend a hand, we can be ready for anything.

So good luck. You've got this. I'm rooting for you.

With gratitude,

Kirk