Wednesday, May 14, 2008

From the mouths of babes

I keep thinking about what a child said to me last weekend. I was at the jj boutique, showing people how to do the make and take. This little girl, about 9 or 10 y.o., sat down next to me wanting to make the little candy purse project. I explained how to do it and then sat there helping her. As she was stamping, she asked me if I drew the images. I said, no, that Johanna drew them, and pointed to Johanna (who was talking to Diane). I said I am a terrible drawer, that's why I stamp. She said, "If you think you are terrible, then you will be." I was taken aback for a second, and then said to her, "You know, you're right. I need to change the way I think." I find that I limit myself in so many ways because I can't draw, or I'm too fat, or I'm too tired or whatever. If I think I am, then I am. The power of positive thinking. I was hoping to see that little girls' mother so I could thank her for being a positive force in her daughter's life, but the little girl left alone. Do you remember the train story? It's about how your life is a train and people get on and off your train all the time. Sometimes they're on your train a long time and sometimes only for a stop or two. Sometimes they are influential passengers and sometimes quite the opposite, but each person on your train means something to you. This little girl was only a one-stop passenger, but she will be in my memory forever. You never know when you are a passenger on someone else's train and how much you will mean to them when you get on and off. Be a good passenger. Make someone's day.

11 comments:

Kim H. said...

What a great story, Debbie! I think that little girl is so right! What a great mom she has!

Kathi Rerek said...

That's a lovely story and so very true. That child is very lucky to have parents who have passed along that message to her. She's also very smart and precocious to understand the importance of the message.

Anthony said...

Good message mom! I'm going to be a good passenger today

Cathrine StClair said...

What a great post Debbie! Wisdom comes in packages of all sizes huh?

Thanks for sharing the story!

Heather Grow said...

I love your story, Debbie. I guess I'm pretty lucky that I get to work with little kids every day. They have great perspective. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a wise old soul!
It's amazing how much children have to teach us. Thanks for sharing a little light with us.
Sarah

Jennifer said...

Wow! So true. I'm so glad you shared this story today because this is precisely what I need to be reminded of right now!

You see, you've been influencial on so many of us, just because you are!

Luv ya!
Jennifer :)

Tami Bayer said...

So happy you are on my train! Wonderful story.

Tania said...

What a wonderfull story! I keep this in mind!

Tania said...

What a wonderfull story! I keep this in mind!

Dianne said...

Sometimes we get a life lesson when we least expect it...that's a great story Debbie!