philosophy / what I've learned

be you anyway

130006May 2013 054Hannah's 12th birthday 190

In a world that forever teaches that we must conform to the way things are done, I am hoping that I’ll imprint on my children that they were created and designed for a unique purpose, whatever God had in mind when he created them. Which requires some effort to unearth the treasure and flow against the tide of the common.

We give them experiences, books, tools, and search for people in their life that they might become who they were meant to become. We watch intently, affirm, guide and correct. And probably make loads of mistakes in between.

We aspire to a goal, that in the end, they’ll not aim toward an end of success defined by the common culture. Life’s not happier because one has more than others, or considered more popular than others, not aspiring to letters after our name because they seemingly make us feel more important. We’re important and valuable because we were imprinted with value before we were born into the world.

To that end, I affirm my little ones to do what they were meant to do, be what they were meant to become…

“You can spend your whole life building something from nothing,

One storm can come and blow it all away,

Build it anyway,

You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach and you know it might not ever

come your way,

Dream it anyway”.

Martina McBride

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