Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Please read the above blog, it will give you a better idea of what inspired me to write my blog post today  ~ ~~~~

This blog is inspired by my two beautiful gifts from God ~ If I could change mistakes from raising you , I would! But I can't , and I want you both to know how very much I love and respect the wonderful parents you are . You learned from my mistakes, and that is a gift to me .. Love you !
The posted blog above made me cry ~ Shedding tears of regret and sorrow over mistakes made while raising my children. I have been on a journey of forgiving myself, one mistake, one day at a time. I know that I have been forgiven ~ but also know that it is my responsibility to try to make a difference with the life I have been given . I can't go back, only forward with a new heart , new eyes, and new ears ~ My body may getting older, but my heart is renewing it self daily.

Oh~ the many things I would of done different if I had it to do over again! I would of spent so much more time worrying about the Health and Faith of my children~ instead of worrying about giving them THINGS~ Things that they don't even remember having or not having now as adults.. Its the things they did not have that our children carry in to their adult lives~ such as good health and a faith that gave them something to hold on to when times were hard.

We pass on to our children from generation to generation what we know , what we learned . I passed on to my children good things, but also the not so good. It has taken me years to work on issues, false beliefs, and  stigmas. But, yes I know that we all struggle with imperfections, lack and some sort of poor self image, and always will~ that is part of life.

Today we live in a world so crazy that it makes my head spin.. With each passing generation we are teaching our children more and more about the ME ME way of life. That they deserve to have cellphones, computers, latest toys, fashions and other Me want things. We are either overworked, stressed, dealing with the pressures of society to give our children what ever makes them happy.. How dare we say NO! We are raising our children to believe that if they don't have all the THINGS then they are less than their friends, not cool, or poor Me...

My question is : What do you think your children are going to think about when they become adults?

Listen to the many questions that you see in the eyes of adults around you ? Listen to what is in their hearts and look at them with your eyes~ Many of their questions are : Why am I so over weight? Why do I have this ailment, have to take these drugs? Why do I have this disease? Why am I so unhappy? Why am I so lost ? Why ? Why? Why?

We are a very ill society, with children getting diseases younger and younger...  Is this what we are passing on to the next generation? Will there be many more generations? I know that sounds harsh, but if we keep going the way we are going , the life span of our children is going to become shorter and shorter.

There isn't a gadget, piece of clothing, entertainment or drug out there that is going to make our children happier or healthier. Nor is there any Happy Pill that is going to magically appear once they reach adulthood.

What our children need is their Health and a Faith that carries them through their whole lives . THINGS are not going to  give them either health or faith . Parents you have been blessed with a gift that money can't buy or replace! Your child is a gift that you can help on the journey to living as healthy as possible~ to teach them how special they are , to raise them with faith that they were created in love , by love and and that they are loved.. What ever your beliefs regarding God, your child is a Gift... Do you dare take a chance and leave your child's life in the hands of fate?

The next time you say ~ I can't afford to feed my family only organic food, organic free range raised beef and poultry, or my kids only will eat chicken nuggets ~~~~~~~~~~~ Stop! Look, listen and try to see in to the future and ask yourself ~ Is it because I can't afford ~ or I don't want to have to say no to my child ( to say no to having things) ...Food for Thought ~ What Legacy do you want to leave?

1 comment:

Julie Bennett said...

I agree with everything you have written. I too have so many regrets how I raised my children. I wish I could go back and do so much different....all the fast boxed so called food, fast food... because I had to work so many hours was to tired to cook a healthy nutritious meal. If I had to do it all over again....I think I would of quit my full time job and spent so much more time with my children....more time on a vegetable garden and feeding them only nutritious foods. <3