Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
As Patriotic Moms we have an important responsibility and opportunity to nurture our minds with great thoughts and find worthy heroes to learn from, for ourselves and for our children.
Heroes can inspire our hearts and minds with possibilities, generate energy to pursue our goals, and give us courage to continue when we feel like giving up.
America needs us to introduce our children to heroes like George Washington, John Adams, and Ronald Reagan. We're fortunate that great biographies can help us learn from heroes who lived long ago and far away. (When your budget is tight, you can borrow books from the library, or many are available for free on Amazon. You don't need a Kindle, just a computer, to access great books.)
And there are many kinds of heroes.
In our family, we required our children to take piano leassons. We love beautiful music and believe that practicing is good for our kids. But practicing isn’t always fun. In fact, often it’s not.
Several years ago our young son had had enough, and he was ready to quit piano lessons. We kept encouraging him, but nothing seemed to help. Then we took him to a concert of a wonderful pianist named Jon Schmidt. Jon wasn’t just a talented musician, he told engaging stories, and shared some of his struggles when he was learning to play the piano.
We bought some Jon Schmidt music as we left the concert, and our son went to work. That was all it took -- he had a hero, a role model to help him accomplish something meaningful.
Here is a video of Jon Schmidt playing one of the songs he played at the concert that night. Now our son can play it too, almost as well as Jon Schmidt!