Lessons From Conversations with My Son

My youngest son returned to college this past weekend. This post was inspired by the conversations I have had with him this summer as well as the last couple of days. Hope it inspires you.

What is intuition? Being totally in sync with God.

When doubt floods your life, do you drown in it or fight against the waters so as to rise up and catch the light of faith?

Even if you think you are too old, too busy, too financially strapped, or too _________ (fill in the blank) no dream is EVER TOO LATE to achieve. You only have to want it and you will either find a way or a door will pop open.

When one door closes, usually another one opens. However, if all the doors close and lock, know there is ALWAYS a way in through the back yard.

Remember, when that door does open, take a running leap and sprint as fast as you can right on through!

The only person’s approval you will ever need is your own.

Texting, tweeting and facebooking are all great. But when was the last time you had a heart to heart, face to face conversation? Try it. You may come away with a new look on life and a friend.

Be you. It’s more fun than trying to impress someone or acting as someone else just to be ‘liked.’ After all, if you have to put your true self on the back burner for someone else, they aren’t worth the trouble.

Don’t let society dictate what your life should be. If you are happy as a single person, so be it. If you are happy with or without kids, so be it. If you are happy in the relationship you are in, so be it. If you are happy, wherever you are in life, whatever you are doing and whomever you are with, then that is all that matters.

Remember this if you are a parent…children do learn to go potty on the toilet; the terrible twos is a phase and so are the teen years; you will hear your child say, ‘I hate you’ and yes, it is okay to say back, ‘I don’t like you either right now.’; it is perfectly okay to put your child in time out just so you have 5 minutes of quiet time; play, play, play with your kids; everyone under the sun will have an opinion on how you should raise your child, politely listen, take away what you want and then do what you believe is right for your child; not all teachers nor all schools will ‘get’ your child so be an advocate not domineering; and love your child, not for who you want them to be, but just as they are.

Everyone wants to be accepted, listened to, respected and loved. Everyone.

You will never be perfect. But you are unique which is a hell of a lot more important.

Don’t struggle with life. Give it up and let God.

Three prayers you will ever need…Thank you, WOW and Help. (from Anne Lamott’s book of the same title)

And…

Find time, every week, to put yourself first without any guilt.

Blessings,
Annie

 

 

 

 

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