The FutureWise Life Lights Program
Each of the FutureWise Life Lights stories, present a theme, and a simple lesson, that supports the mission of building the qualities of Awareness, Ability and Control.
The stars in the stories act as symbols in the following ways:
- The stars are always above us, even when they are not visible (daytime, stormy skies) just like the intrinsic value we have within us, even if we are judged, tested, put down by others, or not feeling “good enough” on any given day. One star spotlights a particular character in each book symbolizing their specific inner value.
- When seen from Earth, all stars appear white, but in space they are actually many different colors. There is a science lesson for extended learning attached to some of the books about this. The fact that stars are different colors, and the spectrum of those colors is even wider than we can see, is symbolic for the story content.
- A person’s individual ”Gifts,” which develop throughout their life (parents get a brief lesson attached on neuroplasticity and how learning happens over a lifetime and individually, not just at a particular pace or in a specific grade). The colors of the stars represent our cultural backgrounds, and the complexity and beauty of our “Gifts.” When appreciated and observed, these elements shine. These themes within the books reduce the pressures of societal judgements and any devaluing a child feels for any reason.
- The stars are always there for the hero/heroine of the book, always “winking” occasionally reminding a child—and their caregivers—that there is a reason they were born, a greater force that they are a part of, and individual Gifts within themselves they have yet to discover.
- Shooting stars represent someone who is taking a risk, shooting forward even if it scares them, or moving forward through working hard.
- The tone of the stories is both serious and whimsical, with a humorous guide leading the main character gently (with questions, listening, and encouragement) toward new perspectives about his/her issues.
- Hope for the future and empowerment through using ones “Gifts.”
- Compassion and understanding of others’ issues, while taking care of oneself at the same time.
- Bullying and how to view a bully yet value yourself.
- Taking a risk in something you would love to do, even when others push or criticize your performance.
- Being alone and how to connect at a genuine level with someone you may not be able to see in person right now.
- The understanding and appreciation of extended family, especially grandparents or elder relatives.