Friday, August 16, 2019

Be Strong

I cannot deny that there have been many times I have considered giving up. There have even been times, even recently, when that consideration has come close to being realized. Then, inevitably, something happens to remind me of the ones who are watching. There is always someone watching, whether you realize it or not. Someone is looking at your example, and taking strength from what you may not have even realized you were showing. Stay strong and keep up the fight. You are teaching and helping others even in just going forward.

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We will be in vacation next week for our annual anniversary trip, so there will be no regular updates. As always, I'll share things if I see them. Otherwise, see you the following week. Take care and keep moving forward.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Most Love

All children know that they need love. This need is encoded within their very existence. What is not so encoded, however, is the understanding of how to get love. For that, children rely on the adults who are meant to be teaching them. The children who are being taught poorly are the ones most in need of love and understanding, but they are also the ones least capable of demonstrating that need in what we would consider a positive way. No one showed them how. Be patient with the ones who need patience. They need more than they know how to show, and you have more to give than you realize.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

They Become Who We Tell Them

The human brain is the most advanced supercomputer in existence, and the brain of a child is that computer awaiting the code that will shape what it becomes. Children are like sponges, soaking up whatever is around. They learn from everything, and will learn what we teach them. If they do not learn what we wanted them to learn, it is because we were not teaching what we intended to teach. Guard well what you say and what you show, because every line of that code is being taken in and applied to the whole. Children will learn what we teach them. Teach them well.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Person You Needed

In my experience, the people who survive trauma at a young live to go in one of two directions: they become some of the most fierce advocates against that trauma you will ever see, or they crumble and become instigators of the trauma themselves. Sometimes the difference is as simple as who is around when it comes time to make the choice. If you know what choice you made, and you know what help you received, think on that long and hard. Be the support you needed for someone else who is facing that decision point. Together we can make the world better.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Begin With Compassion

There will never be a moment in time when we can fix everything in one go. There will always be more to do, and it will almost always seem overwhelming. There is so much to do, and so little that we feel like we can accomplish, but never forget: every little bit that we accomplish adds up. If all you can do is begin, you have added to the good. Make sure you begin with compassion, begin with an eye toward making things better, and let that be your guiding star. Things will add up, and we will make a difference.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

The Soul Of The Universe

"Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart.
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow."

Love One Another
Khalil Gibran

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Once You Choose Hope

"Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise."

Still I Rise
Maya Angelou

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