Posted tagged ‘family’

Letter to My Daughter (2040)

February 24, 2012

by Julia Clark

“In my daughter’s eyes I can see the future, a reflection of who I am and what will be. Though she’ll grow and someday leave, maybe raise a family. When I’m gone I hope you see how happy she made me, for I’ll be there in my daughter’s eyes.”

-Martina McBride

What a joy it has been all of these years to watch you grow and mature into the woman you are today. From the moment you came into this world, I made a promise to myself that I would raise you right and instill wisdom into every fiber of your being in hopes of your future success. But now, as you are about to enter the next stage of your life, I feel that I have not yet completed my job until I have given you a few more pieces of advice. As you often do, I pray that you listen to what I tell you and take it to heart, just as I did many years ago when my mother spoke these words to me. (more…)

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Success …by M. Kelly

January 22, 2011

What is the purpose of our life? Where do we find true meaning as we walk through our life? Ever since I found out my grandfather has stage four cancer, these are the questions that have been plaguing my mind. In the blink of an eye our lives can be threatened by death and we must face whether we have gained true success. Once again we are faced with another question… What is true success? As I have milled over these questions, one word has repeatedly come back to mind : Love.

So many times our society looks at success in life as how much money you attain, what position of authority you hold in your job, how nice your house is, or what kind of car you drive. But how many times does someone recognize success by the amount of love a person has?  As I thought about death and the difficulties life presents, I  realized true success comes from loving others.  Dictionary.com defines love as “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person or an affectionate concern for the well-being of another.” By this definition we see that life becomes so much bigger than ourselves, it becomes a mission to serve others.

This idea was brought to life in an even greater way as I was reading Tale of Two Cities for my English class. At the end of the book one character chooses to give his life for another. At the end of this dramatic scene, he essentially says that the act of giving up his life gave his life true meaning. When I hit this passage I was so convicted! Society tells us to put ourselves first to gain success, yet here was a situation where success and a sense of true accomplishment came from dying.  You have to lose your life to gain success? At first the whole situation seemed like an oxymoron, but upon deeper reflection I realized that this sacrifice of death was the truest form of love. The real success of true love was shining clearer and clearer in my eyes.

So as I have walked through these last weeks, love has been my focus. Not what I could gain from others, but what I could give to them. It has not been about the huge steps I could take or the big efforts, but the small consistent acts of kindness that encourage others.  The wonderful thing is that through this journey and realization I have gained true joy — joy that goes beyond myself to an active joy that affects others around me. Therefore, now as I contemplate those same initial questions, I find my definition of true success is loving others to the fullest, and experiencing the joy that comes from that.

First Time Brother

January 22, 2010

"welcome home, Bro"

Most kids grow up with siblings. I, however, was one of life’s rarities that grew up alone. Now, I don’t mean alone in the sense that I was an orphan, or a pariah. But, I had no siblings in my home to grow up and experience life with. No I am not a real “only child,” I do have two older brothers who are both nearly 20 years my senior.  (C. Casullo) (more…)

Goodbye, Good Luck, or Godspeed?

December 4, 2009

If you were leaving home for the first time, what would your father’s last words be? Would they be something like this?                                                                                                                                                  Son,                                                                                                                                                               I have watched you grow up and tried to be the best father I could be, pouring my love, my time, and my life into your life……  (B. Kunker) 

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