The June 2019 Edition of “The Chirp”, the official Sparrow’s Nest newsletter, features an inspirational note from founder Krista Jones.

Krista Jones, Founder of Sparrow's Nest CharityAs the school year comes to a close, I think of how stressful this time of year can be for our upcoming graduates. I remember stressing out over my grades, over my resume, over my job choices, over my SAT scores and I distinctly remember knowing that I had no vision as to what I wanted to do in the future. I went into college blindly, choosing a major I thought would fit my personality: Communications.

I graduated and pursued a career in television, then radio, and I liked what I did but I don’t know if I ever truly loved it. I wish someone would have said to me, “It’s OK if you don’t know WHAT you want to become because it’s more important to know WHO you want to become.” It took me a long time to realize that no one would remember me for being a great test taker or being the best in the business. What people would remember is how I treated others along the way. Was I kind or was I disrespectful? Did I have empathy or was I immune to the feelings of those around me?

In the grand scheme of life, you can easily change career paths but changing your reputation is harder. We put so much pressure on our young people to choose what they want to do, when they haven’t even experienced what the world has to offer them. We sometimes forget integrity is the foundation for all achievements, whether they be personal or academic.

We often have teenagers volunteering at The Nest, and I can tell you the ones that leave the biggest impression are not the ones with the best grades or the most home runs, they are the ones with the kindest hearts. My advice, parents, is to teach your children to be kind first and their career will follow naturally.

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