I love watching shows where kids discover their own power. For the last four years, I’ve volunteered in a Grade 6 classroom, and my mission has been to hold a mirror up to the children’s faces, so they can see their own goodness.
Subscribing to Disney Plus has been a marvel for me. I find stories where the 10-year-old or the 16-year-old impacts life. They step forward, rather than fall back into the shadows. They speak rather than waiting to be spoken to. They stand tall.
A few weeks ago, I discovered Elena of Avalor – fifty-one episodes that show how the orphaned teenager moves towards being a future queen. I’ve seen nine of them so far, and I’ve enjoyed Elena’s leadership, courage and kindness.
Last night I couldn’t remember some of Elena’s backstory so I decided to watch the first episode again. Halfway through, something strange was happening to me. “This is very special, Bruce. Pay attention.” So I did. I realized that while it’s a good story, and while Elena is pretty and smart, something deeper was roaming around my soul.
This photo speaks. What does it say to you? I see Elena looking at someone. There is contact here … a deep joining that’s beyond big eyes and a smile.
This is timeless. And I believe this is what the world needs. Now and forever more.