Our kids have great potential to change our world — 3 things we can do to help!


I don’t want to work. I just want to bang on the drum all day.” —“Bang The Drum All Day,” song by Todd Rundgren, 1983

And once again we are at the beginning of a new month: September. In the United States, we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of the month. Wikipedia states:

“[Labor Day] is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and wellbeing of their country. President Grover Cleveland signed the celebration of the day as a national holiday six days after the end of the Pullman Strike where a number of workers died at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals. Most Americans also hail the day as an end to summer.”

September also is often the beginning of the academic school year and in many businesses and corporations it is often the beginning of their fiscal year or the last quarter/end of it.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” —T.S. Eliot

Wow! This sounds an awful lot like the cycle of life — one that infinitely births itself from its own death.

Just recently I was talking with one of my teen clients. I told her that I admired a ring she was wearing. She excitingly spoke about its shape and meaning. She said it meant infinity and went on to explain, “There are a series of seven books about fictitious characters named Dak Smyth and Sera Froste who use the infinity ring as a device for time travel. While doing so, they take deliberate action to try and help the fate of humankind.” That “fate” includes economic systems, government, the environment and quality of life for people.

What is fascinating about this story is that so many of my teen clients have such great insight into games and stories depicting the creation of a better world and the myriad systems that run it. Many games allow teens to use their critical thinking skills and imagination. Despite their creative ideas, most of these teens are souls that have shut themselves off to reality because they see repeating patterns within the status quo that also appears to be cyclical. They see how different things could change for the better, but they get frustrated on how to effectively utilize their skills because they feel they are caught in an unbearably rigid conformity that turns them to media, games and other imaginative play.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remember when we saw things differently as youths? We wanted to be authentic and expressed our ideas on how we could change the world for the better. What I see today is that our kids need to think, feel and act differently in order to separate them from what others consider to be “normal.” I also see that many of our youth need empathetic support and hands-on guidance in order for them to truly utilize the gifts they’ve been given. In order to foster this kind of support, we the adults must transform our traditional ways of thinking.

Our kids have such potential to not only become self-sufficient in society, but to also use their different approaches to solving problems in every aspect of their complex lives. We have the opportunity to model, inspire, educate and motivate our youth to bring about miraculous change and transformation despite the many broken systems found within our society.

“You can never solve a problem on the level at which it was created.” —Albert Einstein

What steps can we follow in order to bring about positive change in young people today?

  1. We need to take the time to explore and uncover our own unique gifts talents and life purpose — the mission within our lives.
  2. We can learn ways to take deliberate steps to support young people and their out-of-the-box creativity.
  3. We need to get used to taking risks and embrace change openly. This requires us to face difficult emotions, including avoidance. Facing our emotions can give way to perceived inadequacies that merely need to be illuminated so that we can transform and move through them.

Once we have taken those steps, we can get back to our roots: as creative beings with individualized gifts to use and establish new paradigms instead of outdated systems that no longer serve humanity or our world.

Jill E. Greinke, MSW, LCSW, SAC, is a holistic psychotherapist and transformational consultant specializing in transformational counseling and coaching, group coaching, workshops, teleconferences, presentations, speaking engagements and consultations. To get her free report, “Five Steps to Miraculous Living,” visit http://jillegreinke.com.


This article originally posted Natures Pathways Magazine September 2014 http://naturespathways.com/


  1. Thank your for your insightful post Jill! Love the 3 points you shared on supporting and creating positive change in young people.

  2. I have been so privileged to work with some incredible young adults. With their passion, their compassion, their creativity, and their fearlessness, I have great hope for our future. Thanks for the ideas on what we can do to help.

  3. Ah, to be a kid again – and to travel this journey with this particular generation! Living in the information age, they’re so well-informed and so clued in to many of of our world’s challenges and opportunities. ~ I feel really blessed being a mother to two kids who are growing up in this day and age! I get to live this all over again, older and wiser than I was on the first go.

  4. Great post Jill – As we grow, especially through the awkwardness of our teen years, it is essential to develop our authentic self and be able to express it to the world, to be heard, seen, and loved.


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