By Lynnie Stein / November 22, 2019

Children

A grandmother is like a special blend of a parent, teacher and a best friend. I am still inspired to notice the good things in life when I remember the way my grandma would pause at those good moments and say, “This, now, this is good.”

A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.

What phrases do you say each day to your children / grandchildren? Which ones do you want them to remember?

For your children

If you’re thankful, show it
If you love someone, tell them
If you’re wrong, fess up
If you’re confused, ask??
If you learn something, teach others
If you are stuck, ask for help
If you made a mistake, apologize
If you trip, get back up
If someone needs help, help them
If you see wrong, take a stance

You are loved.
You make me smile.
I think about you when we’re apart.
My world is better with you in it.
I will do my best to keep you safe.
Live every day to the full
Make the most of life. It’s a gift. However bad a day might be, it is still a heck of a lot better off than being 10-feet under.
Think of what other people are going through and tell yourself how lucky you are.
Sometimes I will say no.
I have faith in you.
Be social – humans weren’t meant to be loners
Don’t lock yourself away – try to be a social person. You’ll be much happier if you cultivate friends, especially when you’re older and your children have their own lives.

It means adopting a glass half-full attitude rather than glass half-empty attitude.

Look at the doughnut not the hole

I know you can handle it.
Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.
“It takes as much energy to smile as it does to frown.” “

Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.

“I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.” – Natalie Portman

And nature is the best teacher.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
It’s amazing what good thoughts can do to a person. When you think positively, that energy expands from within you.
This glow makes you look beautiful, inspires others, and makes you a pleasant person to be around.

Your thoughts spread energy; choose happy energy.

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. ” – Albert Einstein

It was a “fact” once that man would never fly in the sky. The Wright brothers had big dreams that went beyond fact in their day and age.

If you stay true to what you really want to do, then you will find ways to make it happen.

Big dreams work on big magic.

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair

The only competition you should have is with yourself. When you go to bed tonight, look back on the day you had and see if you are proud of the way you showed up in every experience.

If you are not, then work on being a better version of yourself tomorrow.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss

You were not made to hide or to be invisible.

Each and every one of us is born to stand out.

We simply need to decide we are going to, and be brave while we do.

The greatest thinkers, artists, musicians, and engineers through time sure didn’t fit in, did they?

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