I bet there’s a good chance you will look at this photo and it will touch your heart.
Looking after wee ones is SO important.
I wonder if we really honour and respect that enough?
Are our societies structured in the way which allows the wee ones to grow and thrive, to reach their full potential?
I think the solutions will lie in developing our heart intelligence, but we need our brain intelligence too.
For a data-driven, brain-focused approach, here’s a video of a presentation by Sir Harry Burns who was Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer until last year. It’s almost half an hour long, and some of it is pretty technical, but Harry Burns is expert at delivering the messages in clear, simple ways. I think the first twenty minutes or so of this presentation will startle you if you haven’t seen this kind of analysis before. The takeaway message is that the way we structure our society, in particular in the physical, emotional and social environments we create, powerfully influences the health and illness paths of individuals right from conception (or earlier?) and the first few months of life. (The last ten minutes or so of this particular presentation goes off into the “patient safety programme” – which is a different issue – in my opinion)