Originally Posted 4/2/17
No matter what anyone else wants from you... 'live for YOU'!
Grab your wings.... it's time to FLY!
Dawn Kiss published a note.
May 4, 2010 ·
Please join me....
Ever since a little child I tried so hard to please the world. No matter how hard I tried, it just never seemed like I was enough. I couldn't live up to anyone else's expectations of me. My Grandma was the one I heard the most above all the noise in my life. I remember her voice as if it was yesterday. "I expect you to do your best Dawn... your best... not my best or your father's best." What my Grandma was trying so hard to teach me was no matter what anyone else wanted from me I had to 'live for myself'. If I did this than no matter what happened in my life it would be my choice... my decision... my creation. If what I was trying to do succeeded ... it would be my Joy. If for some reason it failed... it would be my Sorrow. No matter what the outcome, it would be mine alone and what I chose to do with that outcome would be my choice also. Grandma also taught me to share all of my Joys and Sorrows with her... with those that I was comfortable with... those that I trusted... those that didn't try to make me into something that I wasn't.
Today I don't fit anyone's mold. I can thank my Grandma for that. She gave me the freedom to grow into who I am. She supported me as a child even though I was different. She believed in me. She encouraged me to believe in myself.
I look around today at the children. Life has changed so much since I was growing up. It is so much more hectic than those days of long ago. Children today grow up so much faster. Yet I see a pattern of parents trying to 'mold' their children into what is acceptable in today's society. Dare to dream? Yes! Children should be encouraged to follow their dreams while being watched over and taken care of. To learn responsibility at an early age is a true gift. It teaches the children how to 'respond' to life by affording them a sense of worth. This can be accomplished with them being an active part of the family... being involved in everyday life... not just on the weekends when time allows.
Grandma always referred to the children as the "little people" because they were going to grow up and be our future. With the way the world is today a parent's job is so much more demanding. We need to provide a safe environment for our children. One where they can stretch their wings and fly... not be hindered by the stress of modern life. It is so important to bring balance to their world. To encourage them to embrace their uniqueness while understanding that they are a part of something much bigger than just themselves. One need not be a parent to offer this to a child. Every person holds the ability to shape our future within them. Every child is priceless.
I ask you today and every day to hold the Children... the "Little People"... our future in prayer. To notice when a child has tears in their eyes and not just wipe them away but find out why they are there in the first place. Find out if there is anything you, as another human being, can do to heal the reason behind the tears. I ask you to notice when a child is smiling and smile with them digging deeper to see why they are smiling. Seeing what has made them so happy. I ask you to notice each child as they 'grow' through your life and offer Love for their Hearts, Compassion for their Souls, Strength for their Resolve.. their belief in themselves... and Kindness for the future of all of us. The Children are our future. Please this day and every day... notice our future and what it needs.... one child at a time.
May each of you know just how precious you truly are.
Thank you all for all you do.