One of my daughters called recently to see how I’ve been doing. As we talked and I shared how difficult my recovery has been. I began to hear an echo of my own words coming out of her mouth. My spirits were lifted not only by her words of encouragement, but the fact that the very same words I’d said to her had so resonated that she was now feeding them back to me. A true gift for any parent to receive. But it didn’t end there. She was trying to find ways I could cheer myself up looking toward the end results of my recovery. So she encouraged me to plant some spring bulbs inside and as they grow I could see my own growth along the way anticipating the end result that blossom with hard work and time.
Sometimes those of us who try to inspire others, need to step back and let others inspire us. Thank you!
Every parent and grandparent knows the moment when this innocent child begins to be influenced by those around them, and all the things that exist in our own little world. We say and do things in front of the children without even thinking how it sinks into their psyches. It’s just another example of the responsibility we each have. That responsibility begins with our own changed heart, and what we try to understand and make better will be reflected in our own actions. As a grandparent, I ask myself what can I do to leave behind a better world for my grandchildren. I’m reminded of the St. Francis prayer once again. “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” In wanting to change the world for the better, than I have to change myself first. I must become the example by the way I live my life. So it means a real examination of conscious. What is it that I need to weed out of my beliefs and thoughts that stands in the way of the better good for all?