I saw on Facebook yesterday that it was National Daughter's Day. I think we can all agree that in spite of the negativity around social media, these little made up holidays are kind of nice. Anyway...as I was thinking about my caption, I realized that I had much more to say than could possibly fit into a social media post. So here, I sit a day late, pecking away at this keyword that I have once again left neglected for far too long. I think the greatest gift I could give my daughter are some words of hard earned wisdom.
1. Life is hard...like really hard. But it's also wonderful and exciting, and confusing, and delightful, and absolutely, undeniably worth living. So just let go, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride.
2.Everyone has a story. Everyone. And if you're really lucky, they'll tell you about it. Always take time to listen because in between the highs and the lows of their journey is life, and wisdom, and something worth sharing. You will have more in common than you can possibly imagine, and you will always walk away from that conversation for the better. Don't miss this blessing.
3. You're amazing, but you aren't better than anyone else. I know that's a tough one, but it's true. No matter how high you climb (and I hope it's high) and no matter what successes you achieve (and I hope there are many), you are still just a person. So stay humble. Be kind. Help those around you. Love big. And remember that with much success comes much responsibility.
4. Don't ever be out worked. You should always be the hardest working person in the room. Just don't forget to be the kindest. Those two things are the foundation of character, and character is what defines you. Sadly, there will probably come a time when someone will attack your character, but don't worry. Actions always speak louder than words, and if you are kind to people, humble in your achievements, and the hardest working person in the room, you're gonna be just fine. One more thing...don't forget to rest. Work hard, play hard, and REST!
5. Be the light. In spite of all your work, kindness, humility, and achievements, some people just won't like you. And guess what...that's ok. Stand firm in who you are and who's you are. Turn to the Lord daily for strength and wisdom, guidance and shelter from this crazy world. When you are tethered to HIM, he will guide your steps. Let Him. Obey Him. Trust Him. And most importantly believe Him and everything he says about you.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.
You are more precious than rubies.
You are my sweet, silly, wonderful Ellie girl. I love you more than words could possibly express, and I want to be just like you when I grow up. Keep shining!
Happy Daughter's Day!