On a talk show, I heard a psychologist say that on a scale from one to 10, if you are a six, you are probably a happy person. Being average is actually a good thing. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a 10 is not a happy person; it just means that to be happy in life, you don’t have to be No. 1. It’s OK to be number two, three, or four.
In the movie American Beauty, the young woman who plays the cheerleader, the all American girl who seems perfect in every way goes into shock when she is called an ordinary girl.
This preoccupation with being perfect, the most popular, the smartest, has changed our society and the way we see life. Goals are an important part of life, but not everyone has the same ones. There will always be someone smarter or in a higher position than you, and that’s okay.
What we need to strive for in life is happiness and self-acceptance. If you do your best, work as hard as you can and live life focused on what is important to you and your family, then you are succeeding in life.
Every child is born with a different personality, and our job as parents is to allow those traits to flourish.
I was a sensitive child, a dreamer who would sit outside for hours looking up at the sky. A sad movie or book would make me cry.
As a child, I was a storyteller. I would come home from school every day and tell my mother every single detail about my day. The more attention my parents gave me the more elaborate my stories would become. Every once in awhile my mother would ask me if I was exaggerating just a little, I would giggle and admit I was—just a little.
Today my love for sharing stories is a big part of my life. As a writer, I use the emotions I feel when things occur to me to help me express my thoughts.
It is important that we teach our children the value in just being themselves. They need to know that in order to be special, they don’t have to do anything spectacular or be anyone important.
Acceptance gives children the power to grow into the person they are meant to be.