Good day friends, I hope you are well and enjoying the change in the weather. For this month?s Positively Inspirational round-up I?ve got something a little different to share with you but still full of inspiring reads, all with a positive slant.
Back in March on my personal blog I created a meme called the Big 5 and I challenged some blogger friends (and really anyone who fancied joining in) to share with me their top five life lessons that they want to pass on to their kids. You know the kind of thing, the biggies. If you were to drop dead tomorrow (heaven forbid) what do you desire to have passed on to your children?
First off I shared my lessons and they were underwritten by my Christian faith and my desire to see my children stay close to God and know they are loved and supported always and then lots of other great posts started to appear and the ones I know about are listed here ?
Becky at A Beautiful Space is one of the kindest and most generous bloggers I know and she showed these fabulous qualities in her post. My favourite lesson from her is based on a famous Mahatma Gandhi quote ?Be the change that you wish to see in the world.? Yes, let?s not sit around and hope things work out, let?s make it happen.
My lovely friend Anya at Older Single Mum choose some lessons which would never even have occurred to me and that is one of the things I love about a meme like this, you get to broaden your horizons and consider new prospects. One of hers was ?read the ingredients? and she is busy teaching her boys to be really aware of what they are putting in their mouths. This is something I probably need to do more of.
When I first set this challenge Suzanne at 3 Children and It was one of the first people who came to mind to tag as I knew she would have some great wisdom. Her children are just that bit older than mine and thus she is a few years ahead of me in the parenting game. My pick from her 5 is ?You are enough? and don?t we all need to learn and embrace that?
It was good to get a Daddy perspective when Paul at I?m Well Confused joined in with his lessons. The one that really spoke to me was ?You are beautiful, no matter want?, that unconditional acceptance and love that we give ourselves and others is so important if we want our world to be a better place.
Tim at Slouching towards Thatcham also joined in and I really loved his post, there was a whole ton of wisdom in there. His lesson that I?m going to pick out is ?Speak up ? but also listen? and he shares a quote from Epictetus ?We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak?. This one speaks volumes to me as I am a noisy talkative sort and so are all three of my children, so hopefully this is one my quieter husband is teaching them.
I could go on waxing lyrical about all the posts I?ve read but then this post might end up super long, so I?ll link to the other posts and highlight my favourite lesson from each ?
Mummy central ? Help people (even when there?s nothing in it for you)
Bottle for Two ? We weren?t born to live an isolated existence
City Girl Gone Coastal ? Return the phone call, text or email. They won?t always be there to hear you, make the most of people in your life whilst they are present.
Abstract Lucas has a slightly different take on the meme and she shares 6 (yes six, shocking!) quotes from Terry Pratchett with explanations of why they speak to her.
Rachel in Real life ? Expect nothing, appreciate everything
Izzie at The World According to Izzie questions whether we can ever really instil life lessons in a teenager, she suggests that ?we can only believe wholeheartedly in our scruples and hope that eventually some of it rubs off? and she is right, living our values will surely pay off as children learn what they live.
I was pleased to see Mary at Keynko join in as her children are older and doing very well for themselves. I wasn?t disappointed with the great lessons she wants to have taught her children and what is particularly great is that as her children are now adults she can start to measure how they are doing. Just read what she says ?
Did these lessons work? You?ll have to ask my children I guess! I like to think they have. One of them has a job he loves and in fact left a better paid job to do it, the other one is training to do a job which will mean that every day she makes some else?s life better. They are passionate in their loyalty to friends and family, have failed, lost and learnt from mistakes with grace and dignity. They constantly surprise me with the amazing amount of knowledge they have and how they strive to learn new skills all they time and they stand taller than anyone else I know ? whether it?s on a political point, a cause for social justice or just because they are proud of their achievements, they know their worth and never let anyone else diminish it!
Now, over to you
If you like the idea of the #Big5Meme why don?t you write a post and add it to the linky here. I?ll then come and read and comment and share your post socially. I look forward to reading many more posts.
About Michelle Pannell
Mummy from the Heart is the fourth baby of Michelle, a 41 year old (manic) mother living in East Sussex. Having recently moved to the countryside and ?retired?, Michelle can now be found eating too much cake and taking long walks. She lives life on the bright side and looks for the joy in every situation, even the excess pounds those cakes keep adding! Michelle?s blog is a very honest place where she shares tales of imperfect parenting, being a Christian digital activist and anything else that takes her fancy.