One of the reasons we moved to Brisbane 5 years ago was so that my children could know their Grandparents and gain from that incredibly rich relationship.
As my parents travelled and lived overseas a lot of my childhood, I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my extremely optimistic, supportive, joyful fun-loving grandparents.
One of my Grandfather’s favourite sayings was
“There is no such word as can’t – you might try and fail, but then you learn from it , keep trying until eventually you manage it to the best of your ability.”
Although it tended to irritate my teen self at times, the first part has stuck with me, through all the adventures, obstacles and challenges I have faced over the years and definitely helped me grit my teeth and try to push through and find a solution.
My Grandfather also painted a calligraphy version of this 1927 prose poem by Max Ehrmann “Desiderata”. It used to hang in my bedroom above my desk as a kid and I will be giving it to my daughters when they turn ten. I saw it at my Mama’s house at Easter and rereading it I realised how much of it really has been helpful for me in my life until now.
If you have never read it – here it is printed below.
I realised on rereading it last week that the line “Avoid loud and aggressive persons – they are vexations to the spirit” – has rung true on many occasions and I unwittingly am trying to do so many things it talks about in the way I approach life.
Do you have something that you hold dear from your childhood and how has it guided you thus far ?