Dear ETK Family,
The recent flooding in Central Texas along the Blanco River has been tragic and heart-numbing. But it has reminded me of a more pleasant time when I worked at a summer camp along that same river near the Devil’s Backbone back when I was in college. Not only did I get to enjoy the natural beauty of that river in its normal state, but I got to teach many young boys how to swim, paddle a canoe, and maneuver a row boat. I also learned a lot about myself that summer in regards to leadership, patience, and personal responsibility. But mainly I was able help a lot of young men in their own development as human beings.
The concept of “Social Interest,” the most vital component of emotional health, is defined as “an interest in the welfare of others.” And our summers are one of the best times to volunteer or work in places that provide services to others. Not only do we end up giving back, but we beef up our own resumes for future reference. We end up taking care of others and ourselves at the same time, which when you think about it, says a lot about those who are seeking answers to those existential questions of in our lives. So look for a way for you to “pay it forward” this summer!