It is known that those that have little in material possessions and other valuables are often more grateful than those who have alot. A child growing up in the third world will not enjoy the same benefits to education, health care and basic human needs as those growing up in a western society. They may be extremely grateful for medical assistant or even fruit and vegetables for the day, whereas a child living in a first world country may expect these possessions without consideration of their value.
SeaStar Rock had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka and to perform for children living in these poorer parts of the world. Being able to meet these children, who were extremely grateful and positive despite their lack of the latest gadgets or electronics was a great source of inspiration for SeaStar Rock. The eye-opening experience showed the true value of our natural world, as many children living in poorer conditions depended on the natural environment for play, entertainment and to socialise with other children.
More importantly, it showed the significance of teaching our children the true meaning of gratitude. As children are not born aware that may be fortunate, it is important to teach our children to be grateful for little things such as food and water, which unfortunately not all children are in possession off. Grateful children, such as those living in Sri Lanka who are grateful for what little they may have, develop into caring, compassionate and understanding adolescents as they understand the true value of not just material possessions, but the value of education, health and money.