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There are many things I hope that my children will keep with them throughout their lives, but here are the top eleven things I hope that they will remember and live by throughout their lives. This is a reminder to my children; a list that is written for them from their mom, who wants the best for them now, always, and forever.
Hello my precious children,
As your mom, I want nothing more for you than for you to make the best of your life. As your mom now, it is my job to equip you with a recipe on how to make the best of your life. I hope that I can teach you what you need to know and that you will live by this recipe throughout your life. Here is a reminder to my children, 11 things that I hope you will live by.
1. Stay close to God
Always keep your faith close to you. Read your Bible, say your prayers; no matter what age you are and stay faithful.
2. Follow your morals
Never give anyone the power to compromise your morals. Stand by what you believe in; if you know something is wrong, don’t do it. If you know something is right, even if you are the only one, do it. It is hard to walk alone, but you will be much stronger for it. And at the end of the day, you will be happy. Your morals will be your compass.
3. Don’t forget your roots
This means, do not forget where you come from. Not only your bloodline but also what has made you into the person you are. Don’t forget what makes you, you. Remember where you come from, the struggles you have overcome, and what has gotten you to where you are now. You are unique; stay true to you. Your roots are your anchor, to keep you grounded and humble.
4. Life is precious
Read that short but very meaningful sentence again. LIFE IS PRECIOUS. Take care of yourself; mentally, spiritually and physically. Never take any of it for granted. This life is a blessing, and I want you to see that. We have one life, take care of it.
5. Happiness is homemade
The most important thing to me for your life is that you are happy. Do what makes you happy!!
Sometimes, we make the mistake of thinking others or things are responsible for our happiness, but my loves, that is not true. We are responsible for our own happiness. If there is something in life that does not make you happy, get away from it. There will be people and things that make you happy, but do not let them be your only happiness. If you find yourself unhappy, it is your job to find happiness again; by exploring what is going on in your life and taking the necessary steps to finding your way back to happiness.
See the blessings, love with all you have, enjoy every part of life, look for the lessons and learn from them. Enjoy this wonderful time we have on earth; travel plenty, eat good food in moderation, love unconditionally, always enjoy the small things. Do not waste your time here on being anything but happy. Find happiness and chase it.
6. Never give up and always try your hardest
Never give up on yourself, others, or your goals. Know that you will fail and make mistakes, everyone does. But mistakes and failing are not giving up. Failure and mistakes are another opportunity to try again. There is something to learn, from every failure and mistake; take what you have learned and try again. As for never giving up on others, try your hardest to be the best version of you in every relationship, but know when it is time to walk away. Walking away after trying your best is not giving up.
7. Don’t let fear hold you back
I know too much about this and take it from me, do not let fear hold you back. Step out of your comfort zone, and chase all of your dreams.
8. Always be respectful
Respect is so very important!! Respect yourself, respect life, respect others. There will be times that you feel disrespected, or when you offer respect and it is not returned. Remember, you must give respect to get it, and if you do not get it in return, know that you were the bigger person.
9. Don’t pay attention to the negativity
When I say don’t pay attention to the negativity, I mean the people in your life that try to drag you down. There will be those people, that grab your hand and try to drag you down with them at every opportunity they have. Don’t give them an opportunity, stand your ground and stay positive and focused. Don’t pay attention to the negative thinkers, (more importantly don’t be a negative thinker), don’t pay attention to the people who always have something negative to say. Combat their negativity with space and your positivity. Remember, most of the time when negativity is thrown at you from others, it is because of their own issues they have within themselves and it has nothing to do with you.
10. Look for the good in every situation
Every situation will not be good, but you can always find something good in every situation. Focus on the positive side of things, you will be happier for it.
11. Stuff happens
Sometimes things just happen, you don’t’ know why and you cannot let it weigh you down or get in the way of your happiness. We cannot control everything that happens in life, and when unexpected things happen, approach it with an open mind and a positive approach!!