I began with the best of intentions.
everyday life got in the way
and pushed those intentions aside.
And now that you’re all grown up and married
Did I tell you all the things that I meant to?
Did I remember to tell you that flowers come up every Spring
no matter how harsh the winter.
That the sun will surely rise every morning to greet a new day
it is always darkest just before dawn.
Did I remember to tell you to respect nature
and find a part of it that you love…a mountain, a beach, or a forest,
for it is there you will be restored.
Did I tell you that those things that are most important will often require the most sacrifice and the most work
Worthwhile endeavors take time and don’t always come easy
When you feel like quitting
ask yourself why you started
and the answer can cheer you on to the finish line.
Did I remember to tell you never to move so fast that it becomes hard to stop
Give yourself a break
Take the time to have a long, restorative talk with a good friend
go for a leisurely walk
or take a bubble bath
And go ahead and have a piece of cake
Preferably one you’ve made
And preferably chocolate
Or coconut. 😉
Did I remember to tell you that everything has a season
You can’t always focus on everything you might like to at once
It’s ok to let some things go for the time being.
It’s even ok to want to quit.
Did I tell you that every day you will be bombarded with choices to make
Go where the good things are, and leave the bad behind
And don’t look back.
Did I remember to tell you that the things that bother us the most,
that drive us crazy,
are actually life’s greatest lessons?
Embrace them, for you will never have a better teacher.
Did I remember to tell you that every relationship has peeks and valleys
and will inevitably go through changes
Some welcome, many not so much
Every flower was once a bud
Change is what we need to be who we were meant to be
It can be scary and uncomfortable
But it’s always good.
Did I tell you to remember your past, but look to the future
Remember that your past made you who you are
but within the future lies endless possibilities for new opportunities and new adventures.
Did I tell you the joy that comes from making a house a home
Discovering your style and expressing it has joys yet undiscovered for you
It will come
Find a creative outlet and work on it regularly
You’ll find it is then you’re most at peace.
Did I tell you to be brave and bold, but temper those traits with good judgment.
Did I tell you to be courteous, and always in a meaningful way.
Good manners and consideration for others will never go out of style.
Did I remember to tell you that the only love worth giving is unconditional
Anything less is second rate.
Did I tell you to be thoughtful of others, and to try to consider their needs and meet them halfway
And don’t be afraid to occasionally meet them all the way
You’ll know when it’s right to do so
And you’ll know when you’re being a doormat
Follow your instincts
They are your compass
and they will never betray you.
Did I tell you to dance, sing and laugh with abandon…
the swiftest way to feeling old is to stop.
Did I remember to tell you these things as we were living our lives
amidst the day to day hustle and bustle?
I hope so
but whether I did or I didn’t
take what works for you and do what you will with the rest.
Your life is yours and yours alone, to live as you so choose.
And pssssst…did I remember to tell you you’re my greatest treasure?
Yes, I do believe I told you that.
In other news…
I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed by Floor Coverings International recently! I’d love it if you’d click on over to check it out right here.