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Young People … Our Greatest Resource

Fragile Questions (Part 1)

My Special Education teacher friend in Georgia, Frank Bird (I’ve added him to my blogroll), put me on to a favorite author of his, Kent Nerburn. Kent is a prolific author; his content primarily deals with Native American culture, philosophy and leadership. He shared in one of his posts something that is quite central to what I have attempted to accomplish with this blog. I want to share it here, and add some of my experiences in a later post.

I believe that, if every adult really grasped what Kent Nerburn is saying, and acted on it, the impact would be unbelievable.

James Sutton, Psychologist


  “It is a humbling experience to have a young person reach out to you for advice or assistance, whatever your role or status in life. It means they are open to your wisdom and your counsel. In that brief encounter, you can shape a life. We all get these opportunities, though not frequently. When they do come, they often do so in a clumsy or inarticulate fashion, because the young person who is reaching out has invested so much in the reaching that he or she does not do it with grace. Fumbling words, inappropriate requests, too constant a presence, a transparent attempt to seem worldly or knowledgeable — these are only a few of the ways this hopeful reaching for help and insight can express itself. e need to see past these clumsy efforts when a young person reaches out to us for assistance. We need to stop what we’re doing, open our hearts and ears, and hear what a hungry heart is asking of us.” –Kent Nerburn


January 15, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Difficult Child, Educators, Inspirational, Parents, Self-esteem


  1. Doc,
    This is so true, thanks for sharing.

    We have to always be very aware to those who may awkwardly reach out to us for help. We would not want to miss the opportunity or discourage the person in need. Very good!


    Comment by tobeme | January 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Absolutely! So true!


    Comment by Desiree | January 21, 2007 | Reply

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