[Disclaimer: I’m no expert. In fact quite the opposite is the case. I have suffered my whole life from my [perceived] relationship [or lack of] with my father. And, consequently, I know I was not a good nurturing mother to my own children. I realize many/most of them are dealing with the results of my [basically] single and amateur parenting. That said, I recognize this is similar to taking diet advice from a tubby . . . oh, um, well, yes. We have lots of that here, too.]
Anyhoo . . .
I saw this last fall on a teacher’s desk. It made sense then and it does today. It’s wisdom and logic and love and acceptance.
I saved it for a some reason, and maybe that reason has surfaced. Maybe not. But I offer it from my heart for a moment to think, reflect, breathe, step back, embrace and let go.
To expect honesty, I must be genuine.
To have authority, I must earn respect.
To encourage discipline, I must show compassion.
To foster learning, I must demonstrate knowledge.
To develop creativity, I must practice restraint.
To promote optimism, I must avoid criticism.
To exhibit equality, I must discover individuality.
To support self-worth, I must understand humility.
To open minds, I must open my heart.
Simple, true, universal, timeless.