2019年11月05日 英语美文 暂无评论

慈母手中线,游子身上衣…. 其实母爱是没有国界的,无论我们是蹒跚的孩子还是远行的游子,母亲的手永远在身后。


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School started yesterday and my first grader, Sweet P, is now a second grader and I am no longer allowed to walk her to the bus stop. But I can, I am told, stand at the bottom of the driveway and watch her ride by. I am also welcome to wave and she may wave back.
新学期又开始了,我的孩子也该上2年级了,我不能再送她到汽车站达车上学了。我唯一能做的是在路口等待载着她的公车开过。我会对她招手,她也对我招手。 美文网

I miss her already. Shes headed into another new adventure. And so I am I. Life is like that. Expansive, with new skills to develop, new lessons to learn.
我停止不了对女儿的想念。我知道她这是她成长路上新的探索,对我而言又何尝不是呢?人生本来如此,无论在那个阶段,我们都需要不断学习。 verywen.com

Today Im thinking about some of the lessons I am teaching my daughter.
These are the basics. They are my lessons, too.


Lesson #1 -- Be kind, even when the other kid doesnt deserve it.
Kindness and compassion, Sweet P, can change the world and often its the people who seem the least deserving who need both the most.
One day, when you were in preschool, I watched you through the narrow little window in the door to your classroom and saw a punk kid knock you over. Every cell in me wanted to bust through that door, leap over the little table, grab that kid by the back of his overalls and haul him off to juvie.
But, he was three and you were three and I thought, well, maybe a little push doesnt qualify as strike one in the criminal justice systems penal code. Im also pretty sure I couldnt actually leap over the table. So, I let it go.
Im learning to do that a lot in this life, to let go. It doesnt help to hang on to the hurt or judgment. It doesnt work to blame or criticize. Those approaches only serve to keep you stuck. But compassion is freeing. It uplifts both you and the person you are sharing it with. When you act with compassion you are living from your highest potential and connecting with your greatest self. The more you can do that, the better youll feel in this life.
Lesson #2 -- Dont let others determine how you feel about your life.
When you are accountable for your life -- and all the actions and emotions and beliefs that come with it -- Sweet P, you get to create your experience. Sure, youre going to encounter snarky people and disappointing outcomes, but you always, always get to decide how youll respond to those circumstances.
They dont have to be setbacks. Dont shy away from doing what you want to because youre afraid, or people are difficult, or it feels too hard. Instead, lead with compassion and then get busy creating the experience you want.
Your dreams arent dependent on anyone else -- though many people will influence them along the way. Be open, but be determined. You get to decide how to live this moment and then the next. When you know this, anything is possible.
Lesson #3 -- Say thank you. Slowly. Always.
Feel free to practice this lesson around the house. Try this:
宝贝,你可以在自己的房间里练习这一课, 你可以这样说:
Thank you for dinner, Mama.
Thank you for finding my coat behind the couch.
Thank you for not wearing your pajamas to the bus stop, Mama.
When someone helps you out, stop, look them in the eye and say thank you. This allows you to connect with the others. It will also remind you of all the good stuff you have in your life.
Its easy to get sidetracked and whiny about all the things going wrong, but thank you is a way of remembering all that is right.
We can have disappointment and sadness and still appreciate the beauty of the leaves. We can be angry and frustrated and be grateful for the people who love us. When you practice gratitude often, constantly, consistently, your days will be brighter.
Lesson #4 -- Be who you are, it is enough.
Second grade is going to have some messy moments, no doubt. No matter how old you get, youll always have times when you feel inadequate.
But if you show up, do your best and be who you are -- I promise you, it will be enough. You have all that you need to recover when your feelings are hurt, you have all the talent and imagination and intelligence you need to make a positive contribution -- you already do it every day. You are amazing. We all are. Look for that in yourself. And when you feel confused and hurt and cant see your own awesome -- come on home. Ill hold you and hug you. It really can be that simple.
It is powerful to sit with the ones who love you. Find those people. Care for them. Go to them and make room for them to come to you. Know that real love isnt meant to hurt.
These are the basic lessons, Sweet P. When we stay close to them they help us find peace, joy and a harmony in life that carries far beyond second grade.