I have one of those little flip calenders sitting in my kitchen, called "365 Best-Kept Parenting Secrets". I have actually remembered to flip the page each day since January 1st. I love reading it in the morning just before breakfast. The contents are everything from parenting tips, safety ideas, scripture passages, words of wisdom, and much, much more. I've learned some great things. I also love that little feeling of satisfaction when I flip over the page and see a tip that I'm already practicing (reinforces my mothering emotions).
I was excited to see what was written on today's page. Today I celebrate my 28th birthday, and I wanted to see what sage advice would be imparted on this special day. You never know - it could be brilliant, old hat, or common sense. It could be exactly what I wanted or needed to read, or it could be very boring.
Well, this is what is written on August 8th:
(drum roll please)
"Share your passions with your children. Let them know they can make a difference in the world around them."
My heart filled with joy and a smile filled my face. These two sentences sum up one of my deepest wishes for my children. All that I hope I can teach them, all that I pray they will learn and know, all that I wish they will grow to become. It is my greatest desire for my children that they become passionate and a great mover in the world. One of the saddest outcomes would be complacency, boredom, and being a bystander.
One of my favourite songs (you can find the full lyrics if you look under "music" under my post labels) is called "In the Meantime". And one of my favourite lines is "Deep inside she's still the girl who's always felt the fire to make a difference in the world." This is me. And I hope one day it will be my children also.