Daily self-affirmations can serve an important purpose in our lives. They remind us of who we are, what we stand for and, most of all, what we want out of life. They provide a moment of focus that we can draw strength from when our resolve begins to waver. They give us the answer to the all-important question why when it comes to the options we choose, the sacrifices we make, and the struggle that we endure as we inch toward our goals. Saying what we intend to do and pledging aloud what we believe have long been a way of reinforcing and building the values that serve as the foundation for culture and community.
This video captures one such pledge, but it is unique in that it is recited by a little boy named Joshua led by his father Jenabu C. Williams, who made a video of it and posted it to YouTube.
We think it's pretty great.
Joshua's Pledge was transcribed by viewer Matthew Vos.
"Today is going to be a good day. I thank God for waking me up today.
I'm going to school so I can learn, go to college, and be the leader that God has created me to be.
Today, I will be educated: empowered by my teachers with the tools to be successful within my community and throughout the country.
I apply myself daily.
I study and ask questions when I don't understand.
When I'm confronted with a problem or conflict, I think before I react.
I ignore all negative influences in the classroom and throughout my school day.
I am extremely proud to be the next generation of Christian leaders.
I accept responsibility and I love the challenge."
Everyone might benefit from creating a personal daily pledge or self-affirmation, no matter how long or short. It's a great way to remind yourself of what you're about and where you're going.
In this case, it's also a great reminder that parenting is a process of engagement and attentiveness — of personal interest in a child's personal development.