By now, you all may have heard Amy Beth Gardner’s story.
On the eve of her oldest daughter starting middle school; Gardner asked her daughter to squirt an entire tube of toothpaste on to a plate.
Once she was finished, she asked her daughter to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
The story is one that really resonated with us. In today’s fast-paced world where social media is king, tweets posts and comments can reach millions in seconds, and kindness is increasingly hard to find, we’d like to pass along Gardner’s words of wisdom.
“You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life…You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others.”
~Gardner to her daughter
The words you say have meaning. The posts you create have the power to reach millions of people, and the things you say can never truly be taken back.
A deleted tweet still exists somewhere, an embarrassing picture lives on forever, and your comments have lasting power.
As we embark on yet another school year; Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club would like to remind everyone to follow Gardner’s lead. We encourage parents and athletes alike to use that power for good.
Check on your child’s social media accounts; reflect personally on the things you all say and do.
Spread messages of kindness, compassion and heart- know that your words can hurt, but they can also lift up, encourage and support.
“In this world of constant chaos, we can all do a little more to make a difference for others,” said Anne Slattery, Penguins co-director. “Sometimes we all just need to step back and take a look at ourselves.”
Be smart, purposeful and mindful about what you say, post or tweet- because once it’s out there; it can’t ever be put back in the tube.
In celebration of our 20th anniversary season in 2017-2018, Midwest Penguins would like to invite you to share with us your memories of Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club.
Send us old photos of your teams in action, at practice or at Qualifiers, and write us about your memories and what Midwest Penguins Volleyball has meant to you.
Give us an update on where you are now, what you're doing, and share with us your ideas on how we can celebrate and host a potential reunion this season.
We're so looking forward to hearing from you!
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