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Monday, March 28, 2011

Advice for my children

Dear Andrew, Addison, and Alexander,


Last night when I could not sleep... I was thinking of you - as always. And I began to compose this list of the 3 most important things I think you should know.  In 5 years, it is possible that my perception of life could have changed and I will have to update this, but if I were to leave you advice today .... it would be this.


1. The best thing you can ever be is a good person.  I know this sounds juvenile and very simplistic.  The thing is .... what better can you do with your life than just be kind to others?  Be the person others gravitate to because of that internal light that shines outward.  Be a good friend to others.  Be kind, be generous, be faithful, be... good.  Please remember this - genuine kindness is rewarded many times over.  It can be a testimony to your life. It can be a legacy you pass down to your children.  What better can someone say about you than I was proud to know you... you were a good person?





2.  Believe in something... and fight for it.  It is ok to see the world in shades of grey.  Often the best people are those who can view life from many angles.  But in the end... do not allow society to rule your life.  Educate yourself on topics and create opinions.  Your opinions.  Although you should always keep your mind open to other's opinions... stand up for what you believe in.  Be strong in your values.  Your thoughts are important.  Be a protester.  Be a revolutionary.  Be a visionary.  Be an opinionated person. If you remember piece of advice #1 - then you will find a way to state your opinion in a kind way.  I don't care what it is that you believe in.... only that you know what you believe in... and stand up for it.







3.  Dream Big and Reach for the Stars.  You are capable of anything. You can do anything.  A mind set can get you further in life than any natural talents.  A door is never completely closed... There is always a way - you just need to find it.  If you want something bad enough - don't give up. Find a way.  I was lucky enough to live my dream - being a teacher.  I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember.  I have other dreams... floating around in my head. Those dreams may be realized before you are old enough to read this - they may not... but they will be realized.  You can be or do anything you want to - so reach for the stars and don't stop until you catch one.







Probably the most important - thus no number...is for you to remain faithful to God. At times it may be hard to take a leap of faith... and that is a journey you must travel by your own will.  Know that God has a plan for all of us.  When this life is over - I will rejoice in spending eternity in Heaven together.  Love, Mommy


2 Comments:

At March 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Kisses4Kaylee said...

Beautiful <3

 
At March 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Anna said...

What a beautiful post. I might need to steal the idea too!!

 

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