Want to be inspired and feel good about our world? Want to witness care and love for another with no expectation? If you answered yes, I encourage you to watch just one episode of Master Chef Junior, a reality cooking show on Fox featuring children ages 8 to 12. Challenging, emotionally charged situations push the young participants toward achievement, however, they also teach the rest of us a few things about love.
In last week's episode, one little girl was brought to tears because she served raw chicken to the judges. Her tears brought tears to my own eyes, but I was inspired by the support she received from fellow contestants.
Although the show is technically a competition, you wouldn't know it from the love and respect these kids show each other. They willingly share ingredients, encourage each other, and provide support when another fails. They demonstrate love, care, and compassion making all participants feel like winners.
As viewers, the message is pretty great. It demonstrates for us that children learn what they live. These children have parents who encourage them, so they learn to take chances regardless of the outcome; They have role models who recognize their efforts, not just their achievements, so they compliment their friends efforts; These children live with kindness and friendship as prominent values in their lives, so they demonstrate respect, care, and encouragement for the other children in the competition. There's no bullying; no name calling; no jealousy, etc. They are happy for each other regardless of the situation.
Children learn to love, and learn to hate. They can learn to care for others and have empathy, or they can learn to bully. As their parents, role models, teachers, and mentors, what we teach them is our choice. How great would the world be if we could all be like these Master Chefs?