The Power of Words

Sometimes, your kids provide you with nuggets that give you the indication that they have been paying attention.  We all know our kids watch us.  They learn from our behaviors and if we are are lucky, they evolve into these amazing creatures that share their gifts with others.

Before Bryce left for work, he informed me that part of his English assignment was to have a parent edit his rough draft. With specific instructions, I eagerly sat with my red pen and perused his writing.  It was a biopic, which for those unfamiliar, is a biography.  It wasn’t the story that he chose to tell about himself that struck me, but rather the message.    Bryce shared about stepping out of his comfort zone and learning to be his own advocate.    It was breathtaking.

At seventeen, he is already on the cusp of pure evolution.  He is in possession of profound insight that has taken me years to grasp.    When I shared how impressed I was with his transparency, he simply shrugged his shoulders and said, “I hear you say this stuff all the time.”   And that was it……confirmation that despite the belief my boys don’t hear me, there is clear evidence that some of the things that I say, resonate with him.

I truly believe that we are all here to learn from one another.  We are all teachers, but as I have always said, I learn the most from my kids.  They surprise me, engage me, but most of all, they make me aware of how powerful words and actions can be.

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