Yes, I know that yesterday was Thanksgiving, but as I was writing my last Thankful Post, I got to thinking about this post… so here you go, one last ramble on this topic.
As I sit back and reflect on what I have to be thankful for I realize that it isn’t “things” or even people, it is a state of “be” that we should look at and wish for in life.
Let me make that statement a bit clearer. When I think about what I want for my sons future I don’t think of the things I want them to have, but the way I want them to live life.
I wish for my sons:
- to be productive members of society with professions that allow them to use their talents for good
- to be understanding and patient with those around them
- to be humble more than proud
- to be learners not just in school, but in life
- to use the resources they have to help those who don’t have
- to love themselves before they try to love another
- to love and accept another for who they are together and who they are apart
- to take pride in what they have, to strive for more– but, in a way that keeps in their means and doesn’t bring down the things that truly make life worth living
- to enjoy time alone and see the value of quiet
- to spend time with friends and family outside of work
- to realize that work is a part of your life not your whole life
- to not forget your mistakes, but to grow from them
- to fail, get up brush yourself off and move on with life
I could continue this list as my wishes for my sons are long and deep. But, what I realize most is I want them to be…