Reflecting Inward

A month or so ago, I spent some time writing senior ads for our three kids. For those of you not in the know, senior ads are written by the parents for the senior students and printed in the back of the yearbook. These ads are often tear jerkers, talking about the accomplishments of little Susie and how proud the parents are of her. There might be a picture of little Susie at age 2 with the family dog and at age 10 at the dance get the idea. I decided to take a somewhat different approach, writing about what some of our hopes were for the kids' lives to come. I recently reread our yearbook contribution, but turned the message inward, on myself. Some personal reflection, soul searching and prayer ensued.  I share some of these thoughts with you...maybe something will stir up the waters within you.

"Our hope is that you will nurture your special bond, while heading out on your individual journeys. We hope you take risks, take chances, and take time to call home. We hope you trust your gut, trust each other and trust God. We hope you choose happiness, choose to surround yourselves with good people, and choose without regret. We hope you make a difference, make a plan and make time for your family. Be a part of something bigger than yourselves!"

"We hope you live with intention, walk to the edge, get out of the boat, practice wellness, and never stop learning. Be a participant, not just a spectator in your lives!"

"Everyday- love, laugh, play, rest, pray, learn and eat your vegetables. Don't live by the what if's and the if only's. Instead, do what you love, love what you do and live as if that is all there is. Look for God's plan."

I will admit, some of these hopeful reflections came from Pastor Dave's sermons, bible study or book club discussions or the myriad of miscellaneous media bombardments that hit us all daily. Thank you for your wisdom!

As many of you also do, every year I write a "newsy" family letter to include with our Christmas cards. I always include a quote or writing that we share as our thought for the year. This year's entry made itself known as I waited in line at the Barnes & Noble checkout. I was on a shelf with plaques of various quotes and sayings...Author unknown.

Peace. It doesn't mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

May you be calm in your heart as you open it to God's plan. 


Andrea Heshmati   


2 comments (Add your own)

1. Lois wrote:
Words of wisdom. What a gift to your kids. I love to see your family as they experience life together with many worthwhile activities. You and Mo are great role models.

Thu, December 31, 2009 @ 9:48 AM

2. Julie wrote:
Lois said it well. I also love the quote...finding peace & joy is finding God in the moment! Blessings & Happy New Year, Julie

Thu, December 31, 2009 @ 1:58 PM

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