The other day I was unloading a box of things from the garage. I ran into a note my Dad wrote to me before he passed. It is the only thing that I believe he ever wrote to me. Seeing his writing made me feel like a piece of him just popped into my life that day to remind me that his love is with me. There was something truly beautiful about seeing my Dad’s writing- as if a piece of him was frozen in time. Words cannot describe how grateful I was to run into the note that day.
That evening, as I was listening to my daughters playing downstairs together, I took a few moments to write a list of things to each of them. Things I would forever want my girls to have as a gentle reminder. Things I feel important that each of my daughters be reminded of as they move forward in their exciting and dynamic lives.
I’d like to share with you what I wrote. I hope you enjoy the reminders!
Life is magical for those who believe it to be so.
Inside of your Heart lies the blueprint for the life that you are here to create.
The people you choose to surround yourself with either help build you up or break you down. Choose wisely.
Every little thing you do truly does make a difference. (You just may just not see it right away.)
It’s not what happens to you in life that creates your peace of mind, it is how you react and respond to things that does.
When something doesn’t feel right inside of you, have the courage to trust and follow that feeling. That feeling is a knowing. Life around you may not validate the feeling, but trust it to be so.
You are wise beyond your years.
When someone is angry and arguing with you, step back and find your center. Do your best not to defend.
When you are tired, drink water, give yourself a break and ask what is making you tired. Don’t just push through.
Know how beautiful you are — exactly like you are today.
When you notice someone having a hard time, make time for them. Hold them, listen to them and remind them that everything will be okay.
You are never alone.
You can either be right or you can be happy.
Every moment and every person in your life can be a curse or a blessing. You get to choose how you will see them.
Spend time every week or month doing selfless service. You have been given so much. Share your time and resources with those less fortunate.
Seek to find the blessings.
Take time, everyday, to find YOUR truth. Remember that there is not ONE truth to live by. The silence of your Heart will always tell the truth.
Focus on gratitude every evening. There will always be things you find missing in your days. Focus on that which is there.
Your smile is a window to your Heart and is the key to others.
Everything has a cycle in life. Do your best to not take things too seriously.
Live simply that you may be able to say that time is on your side.
Forgive those that hurt you so that you may find peace in your heart and mind.
If you cannot be kind, be quiet until you can be kind. Words can never be taken away.
Some people are angry and like to find things to argue about. Their anger and discontent has nothing to do with you. Choose to breathe and remember that the true fight that they are having is within themselves.
Be gentle with yourself. Everyday you are doing your absolute best.
When you say “no” to another, insist that be honored. NO is NO.
If you decide to marry, trust that there is a man in this world that makes every cell of your being sing. Don’t settle for less. Expect that there is more. You will know when you find that match for your soul.
Take good care of your body. You have been given one to last you for your entire journey.
If you are feeling down or blue, try singing and dancing to help lift the spirit.
Act in ways throughout the day that allow you to lay your head down at night with peace of mind.
What you dream of exists. It is yours to have.
Slow down and enjoy the little things. Do your best to not take things for granted.
Always make time for those you call your friends.
If you were making a list like this one above, what three things would you want to make a priority to write down and share with those you love?
Have a fabulous week everyone!
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