“We all grow up and someday we’ll say good bye. So shine your light while you still got one.
Make the most of what you got. Don’t waste time trying to be something your not.
Fill up your head, fill up your heart and take your shot. Don’t waste time trying to be something your not.
Fill up your head. Fill up your heart. ‘Cause that’s all we got.”
Today I watched as my youngest, in desperate desire to fit in with the older kids struggled to be himself in their midst. It wasn’t enough, it wasn’t advanced enough. He wasn’t able enough to play their games, grasp their chatter, their humor, the innuendos under the surface of their interactions.
I stood by listening, watching, considering and my heart ached. Oh to watch your kindred soul friend and precious child struggle with the realities of life and chasms that can sometimes inadvertently separate us.
This Dave Matthews song rings true with all that I believe, all that I hope to mentor and encourage within my children.
And so Nathaniel and I snuggle up and discuss his perfection, exactly as he is, learning what he needs to learn as he grows into a big boy ready to sparkle the world with his unique and powerful spirit.
Of all that I would hope to instill in my children, this is a biggy for me…
“Fill up your head. Fill up your heart. Don’t waste time trying to be something your not.”
How many of us ‘adults’ get this fully and embrace our power, flowing all our gifts out into the world without fear?
From the relations I’ve had and interactions with the many participants in my workshops, I’ve encountered this struggle more often than not.
Let us look within today and see the fragility of our life… That one day we will come to say good-bye. Let us shine that light while we have one. And remind our children and all the children of the world that we encounter, that they are perfect just as they are.
Imagine a world where we all followed our hearts, filled our heads with what truly inspired us and never, ever, tried to be something we’re not, for anyone.
Have you encountered this with your children, with yourself? What did you say? What did you do?
We are so much more when we share this journey.
To sweet reminders and the lessons learned through the seeming trials of life!