“Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” J.M Barry
“Never criticise a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.” American Indian Proverb
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” The Bible
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Not people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” Vivian Komori
“Live simply so others may simply live.” – Mother Teresa
And lastly, one I believe every parent should know off by heart. The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
With so much of our days spent reading words of pain and trauma on the news, and words of abuse splattered over the internet it is important to be sharing with our communities words that BRING LIFE. Speak words of joy, of patience, of kindness, of BUILDING UP, sharing in every precious moment we encounter.
As we speak life into the words we fill our days with. Be intentional with your children. Teach them to be kind, to be joyful, to be patient. And perhaps even more importantly – find carefully the words when they are hurting to nurture them. Try finding NEW WORDS to create a learning space for your family. I can guarantee you there is a wonderful world of words out there. Go searching today for some good ones!