It is difficult to think up just one piece of advice I would give to my child. Perhaps my first piece of advice is that advice is usually not a "one size fits all" sort of thing. I, instead, wrote tidbits of advice for each of my three children and then, at the bottom, some more general guidelines... that work for me and I trust will work for them, too.
You don’t have to be perfect every time and please don’t worry you could ever disappoint me because that, my love, is impossible.
Be yourself. Stay curious. Give people a chance, especially those you may feel the urge to judge at first… give them a chance.
The only reliable rule about life is there are no rules.
General advice to my children and the rest of the world:
Don’t be in a hurry to find “the answer” – instead, live the question, as Rilke said. Experience everything fully rather than “ice skate” across the surface of life. Allow life to meet you, greet you, embrace you.
Look around the room (stage, office, store, boardroom) you are in right now and know you have a lot more in common with everyone else in there than you think you do. Perhaps not hobbies, politics or sports teams – but I bet you have had similar experiences and felt similar emotions. Love those people accordingly. They are each someone’s baby girl or baby boy or they wish they were, at least once, loved like an infant is loved, naturally, without doing a thing.
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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