I recently found this quote by Eckhart Tolle.
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge.” (Eckhart Tolle, Oneness With All Life)
Maybe we should tell kids, “Find your good! Access your good! Dig out your good and use it please!” instead of the tired old, “Be good, be good! Be GOOD!” Christianity and Judaism (Islam, too I guess) have always been basically guilt-mongering religions with so much emphasis on sin, sin, SIN and how “bad” we all are. I like this positive way of flipping things around.
I have heard mothers say to their children things like, “don’t let your ugly out” and “sorry my ugly came out.” I’ve heard ministers say that last to their congregations actually…hee hee. So we can refer to our inner good the same way. DO let your “good” out. A whole new tactic to use on the kiddos…. I am going to employ it right away…