“When the path reveals itself, follow it.” – Cheryl Strayed
We recently dropped our third and youngest child off at college. I should be a seasoned dropper by now, right?
It’s never easy to set the young birds a-flyin’, even though we know it’s exactly what we signed on to do the minute the cord was snipped!! (and someone recently asked me if I ate my placenta — well, no — but feel free to eat your own if you so desire).
As a writer, my poor children are not short on letters, cards and notes tucked under their pillows, giving them all the unsolicited advice they’ve never wanted to hear! Today, as I read words I have penned, it hit me that they pertain not only to the college-bound, but to me — to all of us. I’ve pulled a few excerpts out and here they are. Take from it what you will. Some of these I needed to hear this very day, and maybe you need to hear them as well.
Continue to create and achieve — and remember that stepping out of our comfort zones is the key to real growth.
Always find the best in situations and in others, and cultivate the very best in yourself.
Forgive with a sincere heart, because the world is full of humans, and they tend to disappoint.
Define with sincerity what matters to you and hold fast to it.
Be a loyal friend to those you care deeply about. Keep their secrets. Be magnanimous. Don’t gossip. Expect nothing less from them.
May all good things find you, and may you receive them with a grateful heart.
Your faithful Empty Nester,
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