No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means, what anything means, until he has children and loves them. And then the whole universe changes and nothing will ever again seem exactly as it seemed before. In my eyes… that goes double for having daughters.
To my girls…
First and foremost… BE yourself, weigh others input but THINK for yourself, then ACT upon what you believe!
Love yourself. Make peace with who you are and where you are at this moment in time.
Listen to your heart. Make time for yourself. Enjoy YOUR company.
Try. Take chances. MAKE MISTAKES. Life can be messy and confusing at times, but also it’s full of surprises. The next rock in your path might be a stepping stone.
There aren’t any shortcuts to tomorrow. You have to make your own way. To know where you’re going is only part of it. You need to know where you’ve been too. And if you ever get lost, don’t worry. The people who love you will find you. Count on it.
When you don’t have what you want, want what you have. This is one of the most important things I share with you and a secret of contentment.
And now some quotes that mean so much to me and I hope you will cling to as well…
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~Dr. Seuss
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” ~Dale Carnegie
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
“Being defeated is only a temporary condition, giving up is what makes it permanent” -Marilyn vos Savant
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A Fool doesn’t learn from his mistakes, a Smart person learns from his mistakes, but a Wise person learns from others’ mistakes… WE NEED MORE WISDOM IN THE WORLD!”
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~Maria Robinson
And most important of all… “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Anonymous
Girls… what am I wishing for you? Strength for the future, the feeling of seeing a prized dream come true, a bright carefree spirit, but also the wisdom to know in your heart what is most right for you. And always, I’m hoping that you will remember the most important by far… how much you are loved, how proud I am always, how wonderfully special you are.
I want to close with just one small simple wish… that whatever life brings, you will share all the goodness and grace that’s inside you. Always be HAPPY and Be Good To People! Remember… you and your sister are the light of my life and the warmth in my heart.
I love you both dearly.