Monday, September 29, 2008

Thirteen Things for My Daughter

I don't know exactly when I came up with these bits of advice for Maddie, but I wrote them before she left for Portland. I found them in a journal today and felt that they were worth posting.

1. Tell the truth. Always and especially to yourself.

2. Don't wait to be told. Pay attention and do what needs to be done.

3. Be your best friend. No one else can be.

4. Be your toughest critic. No one else will bother.

5. Laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself too seriously.

6. Cry when you have to. There's no shame in tears.

7. Don't gossip. Unless you want to hear about yourself.

8. Be proud of your body. It's the only one you'll get.

9. Say "Yes"! You'll figure it out.

10. Ask. The worst anyone can say is, "No".

11. When things don't look like they are going to work out, change direction. Your life has a rudder; it's called your mind.

12. There is no such thing as failure. It is only a change in direction.

13. There is no such thing as success. It is only a pause on the way.

1 comment:

valgal said...

these jewels are good not only for madelaine, but for everyone.....;)