Wisdom from the Wee Ones

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~Joyce Maynard

This week I would love to be able to provide you with some insights and strategies to take your life to a whole new level but frankly…I got nothin’!

As I was ruminating on what to do, one of my twins walked by and said, “Mommy, it’s so nice to see you doing nothing.  You don’t do nothing enough.”  Hmmmm.  Wise little man had a point.

I thought back through the week and realized each of my sons provided me with their own gem.  Sometimes you shed the light and sometimes the light is shed on you.  This week my sons were shining and I was basking in their radiance.

I’ll share their gifts with you:

My 10 year old on the ride to baseball- We were late and there was traffic.  I took a ‘shortcut’ to avoid the traffic and a slow moving garbage truck pulled out in front of me.  I started tapping my fingernails on the steering wheel.  My usually anxious, hate-to-be-late boy said, “Mommy, I think he pulled out to teach us a lesson on patience.”

Ten years old and he understands that the universe provides lessons when we need them.  I had to smile.

My 8 year old recently had a publishing party in his classroom.  He had been working very hard on his biography of chocolate maven, Milton Hershey.  But when I heard him read his work it was the parable that stood out.  He had created a story about a lion and a leopard. They both longed to be the other.  In the end they learned to appreciate their own strengths.  The moral to his story was “Love who you are.” 

Can you receive a better message?

So, no work on my part, but you still get 3 amazing lessons: 

  1. Sometimes it’s good to stop doing and take the time to simply ‘be’.
  2. Be open to the lessons that surround us.
  3. Love who you are.

Action Step:  When you feel like everything is getting you down and you have nothing left to give look outside yourself.  You might find wisdom in places you wouldn’t have thought to look.  Your action is to practice being ‘open’ each day.  Spend a certain amount of time letting go of expectations and judgment and see if you can find a lesson.  It could be with your family, in a meeting, at the store, anywhere.

Want to work with me?  http://www.fireinfive.com/coaching.html

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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