I am a great believer in the power of positive words and positive thoughts.
A good friend of ours, who is also a long standing police officer that has had many years dealing with and helping children, recited these words to me the other day, and I asked him to write them down so I could share them with you..
Take a moment to listen today to what your children are trying to say.
Listen today whatever you do, or they won’t be there to listen to you.
Listen to their problems listen to their needs.
Praise their smallest triumphs praise their smallest deed.
Amplify their laughter, listen to their chatter.
Find out what they’re after; find out what’s the matter.
But tell them that you love them every single night.
And although you scold them be sure to hold them and tell them they’re alright.
For if we tell our children all the bad in them we see.
They’ll turn out exactly how we hoped they’d never be.
But if we tell our children we’re so proud to wear their name.
They’ll grow up believing they’re winners in the game.
Dr Dennis Waitley
and this one is by John himself...
Take a moment to listen today.
To what your parents are trying to say.
Listen today whatever you do.
For one day they will be gone.
Then what will you do?
You’ll have lost the best friends,you ever could have had.
One is your mother, the other's your dad.
They aren’t trying to stop your fun.
They’re just trying to protect you.
Don’t you realise.
You’re their number one.
They’re only trying to stop you making their same mistakes.
They’ve had the same challenges.
They’ve had the heartaches.
I know you look at them and say. What do they know?
But once they were just like you.
Young, Impatient, Eager to Grow.
So stop and think, for one day you will be just like them.
And you can’t have this time all over again.
So listen to advice.
And learn from their past.
Don’t be so eager to get there so fast.
For life is a journey, we all must take,
And every one of us makes a mistake.
But don’t loose the best friend you ever did have.
Be sure and tell them.
I love you Mum.
I love you Dad.
Aren't they lovely.
I like to collect positive thoughts like these, words that mean something and make you think and pick you up when you are feeling low. One of my favourite ones my mum used to say to me as a child was 'you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it' and 'tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of your life'.
If you have the time, I'd love to hear your favourites ...