Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Holy Cow!

I went into my senior-in-high-school-daughter's room to drop off a bit of laundry and noticed a white sheet of paper taped up on her wall.

It said....

I believe:

that it will take me a long time to become the person I want to be

that I can keep going long after I think I can't

that I either control my attitude or it controls me

that money is a lousy way to keep score

that my background and circumstances may influence who I am but I am responsible for who I become

sixteen years old, people!!!

holy cow, my jaw is still hanging open. I wonder how different my teen years might have been if I really understood and embraced these concepts.

Tell me: are there any other "I believe that"'s you would add to the list? Which strikes you as most poignant?
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17 comments:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

That's a special girl raised by a fabulous mama.

Janice said...

I believe that I should care about what I think of me, not what others think of me.

And, my favorite (even though they are all fantastic) is the last one. There is not a ton of personal responsibility going around these days.

Anne Gallagher said...

What a wonderful daughter. I should copy those and tape them to MY daughter's wall.

I especially like -- Money is a lousy way to keep score.

I stopped keeping up with the Jones' a long time ago.

superpaige said...

Wow! That's so wonderful!

I believe that I'm a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.
(or at least I'm trying to believe that)

And I love "it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

Angie said...

She's very wise. "Money is a lousy way to keep score." That's a keeper!

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow, wow, wow ... that is impressive. And, shows how well she's been raised/guided by you and your hubby! Well done! I love every single one of those points ... must remember those to share with my own kids when they're older (and my teen nieces right now!).

storyqueen said...

Money IS a lousy way to keep score.

Mouths of babes....

Sherrie Petersen said...

How wonderful! Sounds like something I'd liked to tape to my wall now :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow! Beautifully written and amazing words!

Tess said...

oh, I love some of these -- thanks for sharing!

Domey Malasarn said...

Tess, your daughter's list is awesome!

Martin Willoughby said...

I believe that an education is what I give myself, not something that others put in front of me.

DL Hammons said...

That's an incredible daughter you have there!

Here's an I believe to add to the list:

Although I don't determine the value of my worth, I do control it.

ali cross said...

I can't think of any new ones to add because I'm distracted by how amazing this is. I'm barely coming to understand these things myself and I'm NOT sixteen years old!!

((hugs to you Tess)) You must be doing something right, girl!

Megan Bostic said...

Awesome!

I believe you shouldn't let other people dictate who you should be.

Tess said...

we gathered around and read your additions and had a good family discussion ... thanks for that!

and, I wish I could take credit for this -- it is her amazing youth leaders at church who gave her the concept.

Vijaya said...

What an amazing daughter you have. And I am sure you had *nothing* to do with it. LOL. My hats off. I'm a grown up and I still have a lot to learn.