Tonight I will attend the Jr High graduation of my second child.
For me, this marks the ending of the time in her life when I can try and convince myself that she is still a child.
But before I send her off into High School, there are a few things I want her to know.
So today’s post will be a letter to my beautiful child, Arminda.
My Dearest Child,
As you embark on the next phase of your life, I want to tell you first what a joy and honor it has been being your mother. My world is a softer, more intense world because of you. Thank you for being one of my greatest teachers.
I want so much to keep you small so I can protect you from all the pain in the world. But since I know that is not possible, I will instead share a few of the things with you that I want you to know and carry with you from now on.
First thing I want you to know is that YOU are the connection between possibility and expression in your own life.
YOU are the miracle, you are the vessel that carries your thoughts and intentions and transforms them into things and experiences.
By your living of it you make life happen.
With your love you make life beautiful.
In each and every single urge you experience there lies great power. For you can act and achieve and fulfill, and give meaning to every moment.
Give generously of yourself, never holding back, never being afraid that you’re not good enough.
Within you is goodness itself, along with the desire to express and to spread that goodness in your own special way.
Listen to the whisper of your spirit.
Feel the beauty that is beautiful just because it is. Never stop looking at the moon and weeping at it’s beauty.
Let go of the illusions that fill you with fear and doubt.
These fears will destroy you from the inside out and eliminate any possibility for you to ever be brave enough to allow yourself to be loved.
Live your life looking forward, not backward.
The Past is gone and cannot ever be changed. What you can change however, is the way you FEEL about your past.
Let go of the need to need.
Feel the sweet freedom of simply allowing each unique and precious moment to be.
When you are with your friends laughing, FEEL the laughter and the sensations it causes in your body.
When you are in nature, cry because the beauty is too much for your heart to contain.
Never prevent yourself from feeling your feelings.
Because when you feel your feelings you will have discovered the magic key that opens the door to a beautiful life.
Let life come, without striving to force it.
Let life come, and it will unfold with great abundance.
The feeling of security that you so desperately seek is already yours.
You simply need to learn how to heal your own wounds and that security you desire will magically appear in your life.
But you and you alone hold the power to heal your heart.
(I can support you along that journey, and so can your friends, but ultimately, you must learn to trust yourself and know that you can and will protect your own heart.)
Once you discover security, love, and friendship, allow those feelings to live and breathe and grow and flow throughout your life.
The life you wish to experience is yours when you let go and let it be.
Listen to those little inspirations that quietly sing to you.
There is a reason why you hear them and feel their truth.
Act in harmony with what you know is right and what you know is best.
Instead of struggling against what is, ride joyously and successfully along with life’s continuously unfolding possibilities.
Let life come.
And live the beauty as each new moment is born.
Today, life begins anew.
Today, you are blessed with fresh, new opportunity.
You can build on the best of what has been.
You can look clearly and objectively at the limitations that have held you back, and find new ways to transcend them.
Today, you can make amazing progress.
Today, you can reach higher than you’ve ever reached before.
All your mistakes are behind you, and you’ve learned much from each one.
All your experience is still with you, and you can use it in innovative new ways.
This day has begun, and with it comes your chance to make a difference.
In these moments you can bring your dreams to life.
From deep within your purpose, look out and see all the great possibilities.
This is a day that’s now here for you to live more richly than ever.
Welcome to this life that’s now yours to explore and experience and fulfill in ways that are truly miraculous.
I pray that you will always know how deeply you are loved. That you will know what a treasure you are to everyone who has had the opportunity to know you.
Keep your head up my beautiful child and know that the world is your oyster.