Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood. Harold Ramis
Tomorrow the kids will be streaming past my door on their way to another year of school. How exciting the first day of school used to be. After a whole summer away from school, and away from friends, I was glad to be back. It was always a big deal thinking about what to wear to the first day of school.
September more than New Years seems like a time of new beginnings. Nothing new in my life has ever happened at New Years. September is the catalyst for change.
What big changes do I have in my life? No big ones, I am implementing 24-hour fasts into my life. I’ve done two already and they weren’t that bad. Dr. Gundry of Plant Paradox recommends them for health and longevity.
My son and husband looked at me incredulously yesterday as I tried to explain why I am yet again changing my diet. I’m not as good as I should be, is my only answer. Mom, you’re not twenty-five, no matter what you do you can’t be twenty-five again,” my son says. He’s of course right, and for the most part, I feel great. But, there is that nagging thought that tells me I can do better. I tell myself I am after progress, not perfection.
My son tells me one of his friends has had a heart attack. I am shocked. I met someone years ago whose wife had a heart attack and died at twenty-eight. Friends are telling me they have diabetes.
It might be a problem that I buy books, whenever I encounter a problem. I buy a book if I am in the middle of a painting and I don’t know what to do, I look for a book that seems to have solved the problem I am facing. It might be how to paint a tree, an animal, a building, or abstraction. The answers I seek are mostly found in books. If I have a relationship problem, I look for a book. It is years ago before I was in a long term relationship that I found a book that said. “You can be right, or you can be happy.” I don’t even know if I bought the book, but I have never forgotten what it said.
You may forget your childhood, but your childhood does not forget you. Unknown
Yesterday I found a book at Value Village Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker. Our daughter is grown of course, but I bought it for my husband because he’s been a strong father, and he’s raised a great daughter, and because we were just having the conversation about women and the problems our choices are causing. Strong fathers help daughters make good choices, and daughters look for the qualities their father had in their mate. I keep telling my daughter she married her Dad. Of course when I say it is because of some of the funny ways they are similar but they are similar in the big good ways too.
The book I didn’t buy is It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh in which he tells us if we clear the clutter we will fix our life. My pile of books was too high and since I couldn’t take them all, and still bought too many, that one didn’t make the cut. He might tell me I have to get rid of my books, and that just won’t do. I can edit them, I will edit them.
I need books to give me ideas for my blog. I need books to expand my mind. I need books because… One of the books I bought is What Your Childhood Memories Say About You by Dr. Kevin Leman. He says our past is a window to our future. Our past can never be forgotten. It has everything to do with who we are today and how we will act tomorrow. Do we know what makes us tick, what ticks us off, and why? Do we sometimes feel like a failure, or sometimes feel trapped? The answers are in the book. He says our childhood memories are the key to everything we were as a child and everything we do as an adult. What we remember, and why we remember it is crucial in determining our interests, how we perceive our self and others, and how we handle our emotions.
Books are my indulgence. Some of my early memories are walking to the library and getting books. It was such a joy to have so many books to choose from. I read everything I could get my hands on, and the one-room school I went to for the first three grades didn’t have a lot of books to choose from. Going to the Town Library was an embarrassment of riches in my young life.
What are the early childhood memories that are the key to our life? What are the things we remember; maybe they mean more than we think? Is this why even though we all grew up together what we remember is different? Is it because what is important to us is different, how we perceived things is different, and how things affected us is different?
The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of family. Unknown
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