Approval

I’ve written about disapproval. Is approval the offstet, then? Both the word and the concept are loaded and become interesting when in the hands of those we love. Approval: blessing: the formal act of approving; “he gave the project his blessing”; “his decision merited the approval of any sensible person” a feeling of liking something […]

Who You Are

Periodically I read this letter and wonder who needs to hear encouraging words. This is a long one…but take only what YOU need. Dear Granddaughter, I have been thinking about who you are.   You are smart; you are beautiful; you are kind and generous (btw, no one is 100% on this);  you are clever and […]

You are enough!

I am re-posting this as a form letter. Perhaps it will help you write your your child or grandchild. To what standard do you hold yourself?  Who is the paragon to whom you compare yourself? You do not disappoint! You are a person of soul and virtue.  You may have lived through things or done […]

Parenting is Forever

I sometimes bring this letter forward from my archives because there seem to be a lot of people searching for letters to write to their own children.  Originally post March 29, 2011. Dear Child of Mine, Many of my thoughts of parenting represent hope for a better yesterday. I was inspired by watching Maya Angelou […]

Wondering…

Reposted from 2/17/2011 because I had forgotten it until someone searched it out and read it.  NOTE: This is an extremely shallow treatment of a complex subject…just so you realize that I’m aware! My dentist and his assistant were talking about child rearing as they worked. I had been included in the conversation until it […]

Aging and Aching Feet

I don’t bemoan my age much.  I love my life and pretty much like myself, too. However, my feet have let me down. Or maybe I let them down. Because they are out of condition. My shoe envy was at the fore in my spare moments at the O You! conference.  Because the literature had […]

Time’s a Wasting…

I’m hung up on this issue of procrastination. When I count the minutes I truly waste in a day, I drown in self-recrimination. All those minutes would add up to months and years of lost time.  (And I don’t use the term “waste” lightly.  I don’t count gazing at my garden and listening to the […]

My Heart and You

Sometimes I want to wrap you up and hold you safe in my heart. Because when you make mistakes, you seem to see those mistakes as defining you. Because I look at you and see an amazing woman, and you talk about yourself as if you aren’t enough. Because you deserve the best that life […]

Self vs Self

Years ago I was amused when my 83-year-old mother said, “I walked by the mirror and wondered what old woman was looking back at me.” I understand better now. Still I amused myself today. As I was approaching the grocery store I saw a “mature” woman turning back to her cart, having finished loading her […]

Looking at You to See Myself

Gary Zukav’s discussion of collectives in Mind of the Soul is fascinating to me. The idea of collectives makes so much sense.  As humans we group ourselves by the characteristics that are important to us.  We may cling to our own race, our own intellectual, educational, economic or social level.  It may be our neighborhood, […]

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