A virtue that I would like my children to have is kindness. One of the character traits that all human beings share is that you feel good if you do something nice for someone else. There's no denying that. Anyone who's ever done any voluntary work will know that it's highly rewarding to do something for someone else. Your character changes when you are kind, as you become much happier. Being kind is also extremely beneficial in another way as, apart from making both you and those around you feel better and not costing anything, it also makes you try to be the best version of yourself you can. This is because, sometimes, in order to be nice, you might have to listen to or help someone, hold a door open or just be there for someone. You have to be patient and generous.
I believe that what makes a society rich is not how much oil or gas it owns, but how kind its people are. We need future generations to change society, and this is done through education. Being educated means saying «please» and «thank you», two words that might be removed from the dictionary due to lack of use.
Relationships need love and time to grow. One common sense rule that applies to all human relationships but that we forget about is that you have to nurture something in order for it to survive. This means that you have to make an effort in your relationships with your children, partner and friends because if you don't, these relationships won't last. You have to remember to show affection in your relationships with the people you love the most, and then it's just a question of time, and if anyone tells you they don't have time for their kids, they're lying. According to official statistics, in this country people watch an average of four hours of TV per day; that's four hours, per person, per day. And some people still say they have no time. As parents and teachers, it's our job to educate, and this takes a lot of love and time. There's an old wive's tale along the lines of «quality time rather than quantity» that someone invented to ease their conscience because, if you give a plant two drops of water a month it will die, even if the water is of the highest possible quality.
The role of a leader is to influence, inspire, communicate with, animate, galvanize, motivate and help others, and how you influence people depends on how you behave yourself. We all exhibit two types of behavior, the first of which is rules-based. You have to follow the rules in order to avoid any issues. For example, you don't go to class in flip-flops and bus drivers have to stop at bus stops. The second type of behavior is spontaneous. It's doing something because you feel like it. Imagine, for example, that a bus driver is between two stops when he sees someone running because they missed the last stop. He decides to stop and wait for them because he feels like it, not because of any rule; that's spontaneity. What you have to achieve as a leader is for people to follow the rules, but also to act spontaneously. A leader's main job is to get the best out of people. As a teacher, you have to help your pupils discover their strengths and be the best they can, and this requires individual attention, which is what makes a teacher's job so difficult. In order to be a good leader, you have to be passionate about helping people.