I love being reminded of truths I already know.
Lately, I have found myself reminding my children how they should be treating people they care about and how they should be treating each other.
So many times, as I am mid illustration with them on why they should forgive that friend of theirs that doesn't deserve it, I am reminded of my own life. It has been work, but I have spent the last four years really soul searching, trying to be present and think with clarity in every situation -- to ultimately be the best ME I can be. For myself and for others.
In my life time I have prayed more than I can count to have love for people that are not easy to love.
I am so happy to say that today I have never felt more at peace with my life. It is amazing how much more capable one is of loving if they have no resentment in their heart or in their mind and ultimately in their life!
I find myself encouraging my children daily to do the same.
To forgive that kid on the playground who says "I'm not your friend anymore!" and to keep loving them. To overlook when a friend act selfishly and only wants to play what they want to. I encourage them to offer kindness over and over and over again.
Why? So that they can continue to be little lights that shine every where they go. To teach communication to that friend who says mean words, to show selflessness to the friend that needs to learn so.
I want to be a great example to my children. To forgive when it is not earned and to have a heart that isn't consumed with negative feelings but one that is wide open to love and love and love some more.
It is amazing what an example we are to our children without even trying to be. And what more of an example we can be if we actually try.