After being away on vacation for two weeks, I’m thrilled to be back among the community of Five Minute Friday!
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—TEN. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
Ten Things I Wish I Could Tell My Ten-Year-Old Self:
As a ten-year-old girl, I had much to learn. If I could talk to her now, These are ten things I wood tell her:
- Those girls you so want to be like? They’ll still be mean to you when you get older. They may be mean now, and it probably won’t change anytime soon.
- Don’t let what others say about your talents define how you do/don’t use them. When God gives you a gift, He wants you to use it. Don’t let others shame you for it.
- It’s okay to be tall. Some day you’ll be glad you can reach to the top cupboard.
- Take comfort in the fact that having even one good friend is better than having many double-faced friends. True friends are beyond value. Cherish them.
- Take risks and don’t worry so much about getting hurt. Pain often is the thing that spurs growth as a person and in compassion toward others.
- 6. Keep striving to do your best at all you attempt. God tells us to do all that we do our very best to bring Him glory. It’s never a bad thing to attempt greatness, even if you fail.
- It’s okay to be the smart girl, and to know the right answers on tests. Don’t try to shrink into invisibility when you’re right.
- Stand up for those who are bullied. You know how it feels. Be their defender and be their friend.
- Don’t let what others say about you define your perception of yourself. They often speak from their own pain in a n attempt to hurt you the way they’re hurting
- Be thankful for parents who love you and love each other enough to work through the hard stuff in life and marriage. It’s a gift.
Just in case you’re wondering, I wrote each item on this list as they came to mind, not necessarily in the value of the advice. :)
What about you? What life lessons have you learned that have helped you grow into the person you’re meant to be? How do you encourage the children in your life?