Another new year is upon us. The older I get the faster time flies. Every single day has 24 hours. We each choose what to do with those moments. Spend or invest them wisely.
I am of a certain age. I am closing out, while my little great grandsons are just starting out.
My grandchildren in their teens and twenties are finding out, making life discoveries.
My adult children are worn out from the struggles of making a home, a living, a life.
As an early childhood teacher, I frequently observed that adults have higher expectations of highly verbal and intelligent youngsters, those capable of higher level reasoning.
In reality, they have to learn what we already know. Learning experiences and teachable moments occur on a daily basis, and we sometimes overlook an opportunity to share knowledge, provide helpful information, or ask thought-provoking questions to help them do the reasoning.
Merely praising their efforts is a big deal! And remember, punishment should be helpful not hurtful.
Hindsight is always 20/20. If I am overwhelmed, I can think more clearly if I set aside the problem or issue and sleep on it. I awake refreshed, maybe not with the answer, but with a clearer mindset.
Five things I know for sure:
- Every single thing works out. Not the way, or in the time frame I desire, but in the end, it all works out.
- Receiving everything you want is not the same as having everything you need.
- Struggles and hurdles help us grow.
- We need each other, no matter our ages. A smile, a gentle touch/hug, a kind word, a little praise and appreciation go a long way, no matter which end of the time line you are on... whether you are giving or receiving.
- Faith is not a crutch; it is assurance. My church has no walls or doors. My prayers are sometimes spoken aloud, and are often just a few silent words of thanks, or a spontaneous plea for protection of loved ones and those in need. As much as I like to be in charge (or think I am in charge) I know there is a power greater than me at work. I have told my family even if they have left God, He has never left them, and they can always return.
I love the quote in this blog post.
Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century American South and published research on Hoodoo. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays.
Read more about her at this site:
Will you share with me something YOU know for sure or have learned about life?