Sunday, May 17, 2009

Continuing to learn

Today was beautiful and sunny, plus I had my dear friend was a great day.  I am always grateful for the things that I learn each Sunday that seem to help me survive the rest of the week. I taught the children at church today, and I am always impressed at their confidence and their willingness to learn.

I also spoke to a dear friend today who gave me some fatherly advice (although he isn't that old). I listened to what he said and appreciated his concern for me and my family. One thing he reminded me of is, that everything that happens to us... happens for a reason. Too often I worry and feel bad that Lee and Lauren don't have a normal teenager life, because they are always taking care of me. He reminded me that the worry of course isn't good for my health but, also that all the things that Lauren and Lee are going through will help them become the people they need to be. This is their learning experience too! I already knew these things, but some times when life gets too hard and pain is too constant...then I tend to forget.

So today I was grateful to be reminded to hang in there, rest and take care of myself. Also to take comfort in the fact, that all my kids will learn and grow from these experiences. Our lives are good and we are blessed to have so many people who love us and constantly support us.

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."     ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”       ~ Randy Pausch

I loved this quote, I need to remember this when I want to give up with my body and all it's issues. I need to focus on how to be healthy and not give up, until I find a way to do just that.

I also love this story...

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while
they drew.
She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what
the drawing was?
The girl replied, "I'm drawing God! ."
The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."

We need to stay close to our children and grandchildren, because I truly believe they are closer to God than we might think. Wouldn't it be great for us to be that confident in our trust and knowledge in God?

So life is all about the learning and remembering that is what we are here be taught and GROW!

"Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't."
- Pete Seeger

And I will close with these quotes...

"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I do believe that is how life is suppose to work, we aren't just suppose to suffer through all our trials but learn from them, let them mold us into the people that we are to become...stronger, happier and with a knowledge that if we are worthy of it...the best is yet to come!

"When the student is ready. The master appears."    ~Buddist Proverb

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