The Most Important Things to Teach Our Children

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In today’s world, there is an incredible amount of stress and pressure put onto children in a variety of ways.  Some parents have an unhealthy and obsessive desire to see their son or daughter be the top player on a sports team or athletic activity, be the smartest kid in their class, or be the most handsome or beautiful individual in all the land. There are parents that put an unbelievable burden on their children to achieve high levels of excellence…sometimes unattainable.

There is nothing wrong for parents to want the best for their kids but perhaps we should all teach our children things that will allow them to be successful and contribute their talents and gifts in other ways. The following little ditty is a great reminder for us to teach our children the most important things in life.

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Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability

but instead…

Teach them to sit with those sitting alone

Teach them to be kind

Teach them to offer their help

Teach them to be a friend to the lonely

Teach them to encourage others

Teach them to share

Teach them to look for the good in people

 

This is how they will change the world

 

@darcysmoments

This Is What You Don’t Do

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The following is some good advice that you can use when it seems like the world is against you and things are not going your way. I hope that the following words of wisdom will encourage and uplift you or someone you know.

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Don’t let the world make you bitter.

Don’t let the actions of other people turn you cold on the inside.

Don’t let people steal your joy.

You see folks, certain things happen that hurt us, people come that leave us, and most of all, there are moments when you are bound to fall.

Don’t let those things make you unkind.

It is okay to cry.

It’s okay to be sad.

But it is never okay to do other people wrong just because you were done wrong.

We are human.

We break.

We make mistakes.

But…

Don’t let pain and sadness ruin your lives.

Wake up in the morning and do what you think is right.

There are moments in your life where you feel like giving up and you can’t take it anymore.

It’s okay!

Breathe.

Inhale.

Exhale.

I know that you are weak.

But the things that show your weak side are also the ones that make you stronger in the long run.

It’s all about taking whatever life throws at you and learning from it.

~ Author Unknown

The Knots Prayer

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Have you ever felt like you were not good enough and that your life was filled with poor self-confidence and self-doubt? If so, then I have just the prayer for you…the “Knots Prayer.” It is my hope that this small little prayer can help strengthen and encourage you to stay strong in your everyday life.

“The Knots Prayer”

 Dear God:

Please untie the knots

that are in my mind,

my heart, and my life.

Remove the have nots,

the can nots and the do nots

that I have in my mind.

 

Erase the will nots,

may nots,

might nots that may find

a home in my heart.

 

Release me from the could nots,

would nots and

should nots that obstruct my life.

 

And most of all,

Dear God,

I ask that you remove from my mind,

my heart and my life all of the “am nots”

that I have allowed to hold me back,

especially the thought

that I am not good enough.

Amen.

~Author Unknown

The Riches of Life

DJIt was once said that depression is caused by focusing on the past, anxiety is produced by exceedingly worrying about the future, but true happiness and peace occurs when a person lives and enjoys the present. David Steindl-Rast once said, “We have thousands of opportunities every day to be grateful: for having good weather, to have slept well last night, to be able to get up, to be healthy, to have enough to eat. . . There’s opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that’s what life is.”  What is the focus of your life? Is it making a lot of money? Buying a lot of cars? Owning a big house? Or is the emphasis of your everyday existence is enjoying the little things…the small things…the things that money can’t buy?

Today’s little story serves as a great reminder to take the time to appreciate the true riches in life.

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One day, a fisherman was sitting near seashore, under the shadow of a tree, relaxing and smoking a pipe. A rich businessman passing by approached him
and asked him why he was sitting under a tree smoking and not working. The fisherman replied that he had caught enough fish for the day. He had all the fish he needed.

Hearing this the rich man got angry and said, “Why don’t you try to catch more fish instead of sitting here in the shade of the tree wasting your time?”

The fisherman asked, “What would I do by catching more fishes?”

The businessman replied, “You could catch more fish sell them and earn more money and buy a bigger boat.

The fisherman then asked, “What would I do then?”
The businessman explained, “You could go fishing in deep waters and catch even more fishes and earn even more money.

Again, the fisherman asked, “What would I do then?”
“You could buy many boats and employ many people to work for you and earn even more money, said the businessman.
Once again, the fisherman asked, “What would I do then?”
The businessman went on to say with great pride, “You could become a rich businessman like me.”
One final time, the fisherman repeated his question one final time, “What would I do then?”
The businessman said to his fisherman friend, “You could then enjoy your life peacefully.”
“What do you think I’m doing right now?”
You see folks, you don’t need to wait for tomorrow to be happy and enjoy your life. You don’t even need to be constantly trying to gain wealth and become powerful to enjoy life. LIFE is at this
moment, enjoy it fully. Joseph Brotherton once said, “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.”

 

Enjoy the Day!

A Beautiful Short Story of Love

A Short Story to Touch Your Heart 🙂

My Good Time Stories

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This is a short little story of unconditional love that will be certain to make your day!

An elderly man hurried to his 8:00am doctor appointment, he wanted to finish quickly so that he could get to another appointment. The doctor asked what it was, and the old man proudly said that every morning at 9:00am he would go to the hospital and have breakfast with his wife.

The doctor asked what her condition was, and he replied that for the past 5 years his wife has had Alzheimer’s and hasn’t known who he is. The doctor asked the old man why he continued to visit her of she had no idea who he was…and the old man replied…” Because I still know who she is.”

Beautiful words of unconditional love.

I hope this little story made your day and put a smile in your…

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Facing the Struggles of Life

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Life can be tough at times and it during these periods of hardship that we may wonder to ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?”, “Why am I suffering with this obstacle?”, “How can I get out of this negative situation?”

The struggles in our life aren’t always pretty, but many times they can help us to develop our strength of character, mind, and lifestyle. Without struggles, we will never grow and get stronger, so it’s important for us look at the undesirable situations that come our way and learn how to tackle challenges on our own, and not rely on help from others all the time.

The following illustration is a great example of this mind-thought…

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Once upon a time, a man discovered a butterfly that was starting to hatch from its cocoon. Curious, he sat down and decided to watch the butterfly. Over the next few hours, he watched it as it struggled to force itself through a tiny hole. Then, it suddenly stopped making progress and looked like it was stuck.

After a short time, the man decided to help the butterfly escape from its captivity. He took a pair of scissors and cut off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged slowly and easily, even though it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man thought nothing of it, he sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge and support the butterfly. However, that never happened. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with small wings and a swollen body.

Despite the man’s kind heart, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small hole were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it was free.

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We need to understand and remember that the problems that we sometimes face happen for our good. Just like fire strengthens a crucible, bad experiences and situations can strengthen a person’s will to become the best individual that they can be.

Eleven Life Lessons…from Bill Gates!

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Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School a little while ago and shared with the audience eleven things they did not and will not learn in school. He talked about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept has set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now… They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

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Great words of wisdom to take to heart and think about!

Someday I’ll Tell My Children

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Someday, when my child is old enough to appreciate what motivates and parent and makes them do what they do, I’ll tell them…

I loved you enough to bug you about where you were going, who you were with, and what time would you be home.

I loved you enough to worry and nag you about your health.

I loved you enough to choose your temporary upset, in the hope that the lessons would bring you longterm happiness.

I loved you enough to be “overprotective.”

I loved you enough to not make excuses for your bad manners and lack of respect.

I loved you enough to choose to put myself last, every day.

I loved you enough to ignore what “every other parent” did.

I loved you enough to remove people that loved from my life, so that could protect you.

I loved you enough to let you stumble, fail, and fall so that you could learn to stand alone.

But most of all, I loved you enough to risk you hating me for decisions that I made in the hope that I was doing what was best for you…that was the hardest part of all.

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So, what will be some things that you share with your child or children when the right time comes?