Our 4 year old son wanted his own journal to write in because he sees my husband and I writing in ours. My husband gave him his very own white hard covered notebook just like ours. He has adorned his with a brown bear sticker.
The other day he came to me in the upstairs office and asked if I would please write him a letter in his notebook.
I was on the computer doing our online banking, checking emails and updating our Google calendars before leaving for work; when he made this request.
I am a very task driven person. Always trying to get my To Do List done. It never gets done. Does anyone’s?
Lately, I have been more aware that all this doing is getting in the way of my being. So, I stopped what I was doing and wrote my son a letter.
My Dear Boy,
Thank you for guiding me toward patience. Thank you for showing me over and over that your love language is quality time- not tasks. I am trying. Each time I ask you to put on your listening ears, I will remind myself to do the same. You are a special soul- a great teacher. Always remember- the power lies within you.
Yesterday at Thanksgiving dinner I was talking to my cousin about success. I suggested that not everyone’s definition of success is about how much stuff one has, how much money one has, or how big one’s house is. Unfortunately, our society puts a very heavy focus on these things.
Instead, finding something that you are deeply passionate about and making it happen – is my definition of success. My cousin said he really wished he could make it out to Standing Rock. With everything that has been happening in our country lately, he wants to do something that he feels is making a difference. But, he felt he was powerless in making that happen.
My husband and I agreed a long time ago that our definition of success is family time AKA Team Caruso time. We are fortunate enough to have the ability to have dinner as a family every night. I am thankful that is something on my To Do List that gets done each day. I truly believe that the focus we put on having a happy, loving family is positively contributing to a happier, more loving society- through the ripple effect.
So, I ask- What are you passionate about? What significant thing is going on your To Do List? Whether it’s family dinner time or standing in peaceful protest to protect the cultural and environmental well-being of others.; remember that the power lies within you. We can all make a difference if we go forth with faith and love in our hearts.
And, of course- laundry and grocery shopping should probably still be on your To Do List!
Love, Joy, Truth, Gratitude,