I was invited to write for Inspire Me Today awhile back about my wish for humanity.
Today on Twitter I discovered Your Wish For The World on Facebook – come along and join in – “Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much” as Helen Keller once said. http://www.facebook.com/YourWishfortheWorld?sk=wall
Here is my wish for the world.
“For me there’s more to life than money.
For me it’s all about people and relationships and in particular it’s about the relationships we have within our own families – with our kids, our partners and our own parents.
Family life is the most important aspect of our true wellbeing – and so is the really important job of bringing up happy, confident, well-balanced adults – today’s children – but tomorrow’s future.
For all children and for most adults, family life is the most important thing in our lives.
It gives meaning to our lives – as it’s a place of safety, security, support, laughter and a feeling of belonging.
You only have to ask yourself – who was there to pick you up from a late night party, give you a bit of “extra” money when you’d run out, or sorted things out when you got into trouble or made mistakes.
Or who was there to get you over a broken -heart, a messy divorce or there encouraging you on the side lines on a frozen cold January morning when you were playing netball?
Who taught you to ride a bike, roller skate or drive a car?
And who is always there believing in you and encouraging you when life is overwhelming and challenging?
Your family is your rock in a very fast -paced, hectic world of change – it’s your anchor in the stormy seas and choppy waters of growing up.
And that’s why for me it’s so important.
It’s from this centre that children thrive and go on to believe in their dreams and make a success of their lives – whatever that means for them.
It’s like a ripple in a pond – each generation building on the other.
I believe every parent loves their child and is doing their very best for them but because kids don’t come with a handbook life with kids can be enormously challenging, tiring and frustrating but it can also be the most rewarding and uplifting experience in the world too – and nothing can prepare you for that either.
It’s not about the background you come from, the colour of your skin or the amount of money you have in your bank account that matters it’s about the memories you build with your kids that will last their lifetime.
Here is a quote I came across many years ago that changed the course of my life and I hope you find it thought provoking too. It’s was written by Dr. Forest E. Witcraft who was a scholar, teacher, and Boy Scout administrator.
“Fifty years from now it won’t matter what kind of car you drove
What kind of house you lived in
How much you had in your bank account
Or what your clothes looked like
But the world may be a little better because you were important in the life of a child”
You are that very important person in the life of your child.
So remember you are a true aspect of the divine and that you have an essence deep within you that shines. Learn ways to turn down the loud, judgemental and highly critical voice inside your own head so you can learn to live more magically – expressing your true self and exploring your true unlimited potential so you can be that very influential, powerful and shining role model for your kids.
Break through your own fears, blockages and limitations to grow through love and joy rather than pain and struggle.
Learn to listen to the gentle whispers of your inner voice quietly encouraging you from deep within and relentlessly practise turning up those lovely gentle whispers to full volume – they are your shining lights of your true self.
See life as a gift and remind yourself often that “Life is what you make it!”
So every morning get out of bed and get into a habit of being grateful for all the people, experiences and things you have in your life right now. Don’t focus on the untidy bedroom or undone homework – notice your child’s smile, their giggle and their enthusiasm.
You’ll see life from a totally different perspective and you’ll get even more joy as you get what you focus on!
Remember to spend time with your loved ones, particularly your children as they grow up and fly the nest so quickly. Really listen to them, understand them, play with them, encourage them and laugh often and easily with them. You are building memories that will last their lifetime.
Paint more rainbows, buy more ear-rings and kick more footballs in the garden and learn to cherish, nurture and embrace your children as you are building bridges of unconditional love and lasting self esteem deep within them.
Choose your words with care and attention and show compassion, tolerance and respect when your children make mistakes – they are fragile, gentle beings and need your guidance, support and help to flourish and flower into maturity safely.
And finally remember a smile is a curve that puts a lot of things straight as you learn, laugh, grow and make mistakes on your adventure together.