Our Future Generation Has So Much More to Offer!

Warriors die in battle, but we need our youth to keep living during this global war.

Future generation of youth should not be warriors who go to battle.

Our future generation and the importance of today’s youth is my topic for this “One Positive Thing” segment.

Many people wonder if the president includes our children, when he suggested people should be warriors (or more like sacrificial lambs), by defying medical authorities and our own common sense.

When I heard, and later read about the following story, I knew I wanted to remind the world how much potential exists in today’s youth.

Exceptional Youth

Exceptional youth like Tiara Abraham of Sacramento California and her brother Tanishq, are great reminders to the world, why we can’t simply take a chance on sacrificing our youth to this pandemic.

Sadly, not everyone has the heart, or emotions, or feel the sense of responsibility and obligation that we owe to children of all ages, everywhere.

But even those rare, insensitive individuals should be able to see the advantage of having creative and brilliant young minds help guide us into the future. Minds like Tiara, and also her brother Tanishq.

Tiara

  • Graduated high school at age 13
  • Has sung at Carnegie Hall
  • This year, while only 14-years-old, was accepted to 8 eight highly-accredited California universities (2020)

One Sacramento news report said Tiara has the “…voice of seasoned artist and is well beyond her years academically.” Boy is that an understatement!

What do her parents Taji and Bijou think about Tiara’s bright future? They told reporters that “…they knew their daughter was special very early on.” And why wouldn’t they, when her older brother was equally as special.

Tanishq

  • Was only 14 when he earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from UC Davis (2018)
  • Currently pursuing his PhD.

Tanishq’s story didn’t go unnoticed either (in 2018), when he set the perfect example for his sister, by earning his bachelor’s degree so young. You can read about it in:

14-Year-Old Will Be Youngest Engineering Student To Graduate From UC Davis

Just like her brother, Tiarra is yet another example of our young people’s potential for greatness and value to the rest of the world.

Future Generation

One of Tiara’s ambitions is to sing for opera companies, particularly venues like the Metropolitan Opera House. But right now, she’s just a normal 14-year-old who spends time on Youtube, and Tick Tock, and doing typical teen stuff.

After securing her bachelor’s degree, she’d like to continue on and earn a doctorate of musical arts. But who knows, that might change.

There is no doubt, this young woman and her brother could one day help the world accomplish something truly miraculous. They, and others like them, are our future generation.

Is that to suggest that if your child isn’t a genius or musically inclined, that they’re not special? Don’t ever think that, not even for one moment!

Know that the same positive thing can be said about your child or young person, or a young person you know and love. First and foremost, LOVE is a mandatory part of the equation.

But also, with the right inspiration, encouragement, and motivation, ANY of our future generation could be potentially be the key to everything that’s killing us all right now (not just COVID-19).

But we cannot and must not, sacrifice them as warriors, or turn them into warriors with rhetoric and hate talk. Instead, teach, instruct, and prepare them for greatness.

Businesses Ask How Can We Help During the COVID-19 Crisis

Large or small businesses, there’s no limit to how to give support.

Businesses all over the nation are stepping up and asking the question, “How can we help?” during the COVID-19 crisis. At least that is one positive thing that’s been happening since this awful pandemic started.

Many are following up quickly on their offers to lend a hand, and are doing more than merely taking photo ops.

Businesses Give Support

Recently, Kia Motors donated one million dollars, to their charitable initiative called “Accelerate the Good,” a relief effort designed to help those most affected by COVID-19, as well as helping to prevent the further spread.

Kia’s million-dollar pledge will particularly help charities that are “…dedicated to ending the plight of homeless youth nationwide.”

According to one report, this contribution is in addition to Kia’s “…earlier donations of N95 masks and surgical grade gloves made to medical centers throughout Orange County, California.”

Anyone Can Help

One of the biggest mistakes that any of us can make, is to think that there’s nothing we personally can do. The truth is, anyone can help. There is always something you can do.

Other well-known companies have given support in various ways, like these two:

Subaru [Donates 50 million meals to Feeding America]

Charmin [Donates 2,000 rolls of toilet paper to school]

Clearly, not every business or company can donate a million dollars, or in some cases, a million anything.

No Limit to Giving

It’s a great feeling to see that there has been such an outpouring of giving. And just like there is no limit to the amount of giving, there is no limit to the ways that we can give.

Last month (April), a CNN news report told how “A Facebook group matches RVs that are sitting idle with health care workers who need a place to isolate after long hospital shifts.”

Whether you’re a big company, a small business, an independent contractor, or a part time freelancer; your acts of kindness are  of value.

“Great acts are made of small deeds.”  –  Lao Tzu

The above quote really helps us appreciate that no good deed is ever too small.

So do what you can, when you can, where you can, to lend a helping hand during the COVID-19 era.

Health and Safety Tips to Be Aware of Before Re-opening Your Businesses

Will your business follow the health and safety guidance of the CDC during COVID-19?

Is your company a brick-and-mortar business that hasn’t yet re-opened? Whether you plan to reopen in the coming days, or you open your doors later in the month or the year, the same useful information applies.

Healthy and Safe Re-opening

In order to have a healthy and safe re-opening, don’t overlook what might seem like a minor thing; the water in your pipes. This is particularly true, if there has been very little, or no water running through the pipes in a while. You will need to flush water from taps.

Did you know that according to Loni Lind, CAL Waters Quality Manager, “…water that has been sitting in building pipes can damage the water and bring bacteria.”

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • In order to make sure your pipes are properly flushed, you need to run the faucet that is closest to the water meter,.
  • Then start to move outward, towards the faucet that is farthest away.
  • It is also important to remember to let the cold water run first, then the hot water.

Health and Safety Guidance

CAL Water is responsible for ensuring that Northern Californians have clean running water. But you don’t have to take their word for safe and healthy ways to start re-opening your small or local business.

The CDC website has provided safety guidance for all Americans to follow, regardless of whether they are business owners, they operate schools or other facilities, or they’re simply everyday people.

CDC guidelines were written to protect anyone who wants to be sure of employing the cleanest and safest activities and procedures in their homes, businesses, or other facilities and establishments.

This remains to be true, whether the Trump Administration rejects the CDC health and safety guidelines or not.

Before Re-opening Your Business

Before re-opening your business, or completely re-opening America, we should all want to make sure that we’re as safe and as healthiest as possible. This requires everyone to try to move forward together, in sync and not just on our own.

We can do this, when we do as the CDC states:

“…by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.