Quote for teens about connection and responsibility- 'You are connected to a family, a community, a world. Use your power wisely.'

"You are connected to a family, a community, a world. Use your power wisely.”

-- Truth Be Told Quotes

You have tremendous power. Everything you do sets off a cascade of ripple effects that impacts your family, your community, your world. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Some actions set off rolling waves of goodness that raise up those around you. Some actions set off a tsunami that swamps others in the lumpy sewage of your consequences. In every careless or thoughtful act, you are the master of your universe. What kind of waves do you want to create?

Teaching Resources

Quote about responsibility and impact

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This quote is about recognizing the connection each of us has to our family, our community, our world. The teen years are inherently self-focused, but that self-absorption can be dramatically increased by our current culture. This quote is about remembering that we are not alone. All of our actions (or inactions) have consequences for ourselves and for the people around us. For example,

  • A teen who runs out to be with her friends but forgets to feed the dog has a negative impact on the dog.
  • A teen who drives while texting can not only hurt themselves, they could cause life-long injury to someone else.
  • A young adult who reaches out to a lonely neighbor can have a tremendously positive impact on that person‘s life as well as build their own sense of self.
  • A young adult who does something seemingly small and foolish can seriously impact his or her family’s well being and finances.
  • A teen who stands up to a bully on behalf of another can save a life.

This quote is to help teens see they are not alone. In fact they have tremendous power to do good or to do harm. In constant moments throughout life, young adults get to decide which type of impact they want to have. That’s an amazing power, and responsibility.

High School Health Class / Social Emotional Development topics:

Curriculum Topics

  • Emotional and social wellness
  • Decision making in risky situations
  • Role of self in healthy community and family relationships
  • Sense of control over your own life
  • Carrying out personal and social responsibilities


  • Your actions impact others’ health and well being
  • Consider consequences before acting
  • You can have a positive or negative impact, the choice is yours

Character Traits/Values

  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Self control
  • Caring

Self-reflection essay / writing prompts and discussion questions

High school health class and social emotional development lessons

Age Group: High school, young adult.

  1. In this quote, what does it mean to “use your power wisely”?
  2. What is the symbolism of the image behind the quote?
  3. What are some small ways you’ve seen people make a positive difference is someone’s life?
  4. Imagine it’s 5 years from now and the local newspaper is writing short paragraphs on people in the neighborhood. They ask around at your school, or work, or among your friends, neighbors, family. What would you want those people to say about you? How does that affect the choices you want to make today?
  5. Describe a time when your actions had consequences you didn’t anticipate. Were they good or bad?
  6. What is a random act of kindness you could do this week?
  7. What kind of waves do you want to create? How would you like to be remembered?

High school health class and social emotional development activities

Kindness and Responsibility Activities:

Age Group: High school, young adult

Choices and Consequences Movie Scene Worksheet

Students write a movie scene that shows how choices impact both the decision maker and the people around them.

Choices and Benefits Worksheet

Students see that making good choices helps them reach goals, have better relationships, improve self esteem.

Connecting Choices and Consequences Worksheet

Students see the connection between choices and how the consequences feel in the long run

Quote Mindfulness Coloring Page

Download a printable coloring page for a mindfulness activity with this quote.

Kindness activity ideas

Try some of these ideas for acts of kindness from Random Acts of Kindness

Ripple effects of Kindness Videos

Watch one of these videos that shows the ripple effects of being kind. Discuss how the video makes students feel. How would being kind in their own lives feel?   |  Color your world with Kindness video   |   Moments of Kindness and Respect in Sports Video  |   Video showing ripple effects of kindness.

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