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.