Maybe you are like me, and when you were 10, you routinely read your parents’ copy of Reader’s Digest. My favorite page was “Quotable Quotes.” Perhaps this is where I got my inspiration to start a chapbook of quotes and words of wisdom to help guide me to best overcome the adversity of life with grace and determination.
Here’s a great quote from Teddy Roosevelt:
These words come in very handy in so many situations, especially for those of us who are trying to redefine success by teaching our children to value people over things. It’s so easy to fall prey to the comparisons between the things people possess, but not impossible to avoid it.
My husband and I strive to emphasize in front of our children the relationships we have within our communities of friends and family by taking opportunities to say things like, “How lucky you are to have a friend who compliments you.” Or “How lucky you are to have older cousins who enjoy spending time with you.” And, “How lucky we are to have a house we can call our own in Fairfield!”
Most people are familiar with Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”, which drives home the message that being truly rich is possessing the love of family and friends. There is a lesser known Frank Capra film that is a family favorite of ours called, “You Can’t Take It With You.” In this movie, success is clearly measured by doing what you love, giving to community, and cultivating the love of friends and family. In the movie’s title, the “It” is money and material possessions. You can’t always take those things with you wherever you go. But, what you can always take with you is the fondness, appreciation, and love of your friends and family. When you have a lot of that kind of “It”, you possess quite a fortune.
May you always be fortunate in this way. Strive to redefine success with joy in your heart, integrity in your soul, and kindness in your voice, if not for yourself, then for the sake of the children in our communities and the future of our world –
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Ripples in a pond.
Harsh or rude words are like ripples in a pond.
People upset by rudeness, lack of consideration,etc. etc. respond to the next two people, who then in turn to two more, and before you know it you’ve upset a hundred people.
But, fortunately, the opposite is true. A smile, a kind word and you’ve made a hundred people happy.
Ripples in a pond.
Here, here, Wendy! Very true! ~Aimee, TFF
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