Thursday, January 2, 2014

Daily Post #2: A Letter to My Daughter for the New Year (2014)

A Letter to My Daughter for the New Year (2014)  *To My Favorite Daughter, Staci you are an adult and you are far from little anymore!

Don't forget what you learned in Kindergarten.   Did you know the key life lessons are taught when you are young, and the most valuable lessons are taught when you are in Kindergarten?  As Robert Fulghum states, in Kindergarten you learn to share everything, play fair, don't hit people, put things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, don't take things that aren't yours, say your sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat, flush the toilet, warm cookies and cold milk are good for you, live a balance life (which includes learn, draw, paint, sing and dance and work every day), take a nap every afternoon, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together, be aware of wonder (remember that little seed, then it takes roots, and grows branches; but, nobody knows how or why, AND we are all like that), all living things die and so do we, and remember the first word you learned and biggest word of all is, LOOK!  

And you already know that, Reading, Writing, Math and Science are very useful!

Stay close to this advice.  I want you to hold onto the magic of language and numbers in a way that I was never able to do.  You will speak your entire life in ways that will internalize the experience, be sacred and impact others.  I also believe, along with Fulghum who states, that imagination is stronger than knowledge, myth is more influential than history, laughter is a cure for death and dreams are more powerful than facts and love is stronger than death (you can gather this from how I live).

Remember this as you take on life and encounter experiences.

You are what you eat.  No one does a better job than you by eating healthy.  As you continue to learn how to bake and cook from scratch, realize the importance of reading the nutrition labels.  And continue to expand your mind and grow into the good foods that work for your body.  You are a smart adult and you know that the wrong foods can cause obesity and disease.  The right foods help you feel better and give you more energy to live life to your fullest.  I encourage you keep close tabs on your inner self and nourish your body with the foods that provide energy and good health.

It doesn't matter if Santa, the Tooth Fairy or Athena is not real.  What matters most is that you discover the strength of faith, believe and love.  Don't let the unrefined commercial exchange of goods, products and gift cards get in the way of what is in your heart.  There is a value in the sense of faith and sense of belief; it channels your feeling and experiences.  If you can find a feeling of wonder and warmth in the simplest of situations we bring it every place we go.   We feel this, together, always.  Never forget where this feeling comes from, inside yourself, in your heart.

Your stories that you make up will carry you forward.  You have gone places I can only dream about.  Your world is an echo, through happiness and disappointment...you will always be able to imagine the next place to be.  The more places you imagine yourself to be at, the more you understand how to live anywhere.  You know I like to tell stories.  I imagine your life in the best possible way.  Your bravery in sharing and speaking your life, reflecting on yourself, about us and in the world we live makes you very special.  Your experience right now are making you stronger; go the distance.  Remember when it was just too hard, when you seemed to have no choice but to stop?  Don't stop; keep going.  The stories you create are your own.  It may seem strange or difficult right now, but you know the strength you gain and the stories you create are everlasting.  Hold onto those stories, use those stories as you go out in the world and use your talents to speak to audiences.  That IS your passion.

Your mom and dad are a gift that will stay with you the longest.  We play, laugh, cry and get mad together!  As Fulfhum says, "We are all a little weird... life is a little weird... we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours.  We join up with them and fall into a mutually satisfying weirdness.  This is called love... true love."  When you find that weirdness, hang onto it and don't let it go.  Work at it, be open to it and embrace it.  Do this every day.  You know weirdness falls in the family, I hear it from you every day, how "weird" mom is, and you accept it and embrace it.  I love you for who you are, take that love and spread it to others.  Keep that weirdness and fun personality you possess and be proud of that weirdness.  It makes you a special individual with such love, that the compatibility you find with outshine your current expectations.

I wish that you have all the love, peace and kindness.  Because love is never-ending like the never-ending stories you create in your life.

Love you always, Mom

*Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them, humanity cannot survive.  ~Dalai Lama

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