children teach us

Every week for this year, I am offering a mindful challenge designed to get you practicing living a more awakened  life. This is Week 36 of 52 of {Project 52} Stay Awake. You are welcome to join in anytime during this year-long mindful living photo project. Please upload your photos to our Project 52: Stay Awake Flickr group so we can see what an Awake life means for you. 

I still get weepy thinking about how my girls are growing up.

It wasn’t always that way, mind you.

In the beginning, when their every cry and whine and need overwhelmed me at once, I needed them to grow up, to get past that stage of neediness. I was often outnumbered and it never left me feeling good.

Now, we’re in a good place. They still need me, thankfully, but not too much.Project 52 Week 6 Embrace the Moment

But I know that day will come when they don’t need me as much.

So, for now, I try to stay open to the lessons they are teaching me.

Stay awake.

Remember what matters.

Focus on the good.

Pay attention.

Listen carefully.

Love unconditionally.

Speak kindly.

Live fully.

Be grateful.

Say your sorry.

Give second chances.

Be patient.

What lessons are your children teaching you?

This week, snap a photo with your phone of a moment when you are being taught a lesson — any lesson at all. Tell us what that lesson is all about … 

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