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I never really understood what people meant by saying that someone has an old soul until I had my daughter. She is the definition of an old soul. Seriously, she has wisdom beyond her years and is pretty mature for her age. I have learned a lot from her and I don’t think she even realizes the impact she has on people.
She gets along with people who are mostly older than her and the older kids migrate to her as well. She is basically an old person stuck in a little girls body.
Over the years, I have learned some awesome attributes to adopt as my own and I can only thank the example of my young child for showing me the way. I think we all can learn from her example and I hope this will inspire you to follow in her footsteps.
My daughter is a kind person. She loves to befriend everyone around her. If she notices that someone doesn’t have many friends, she will make it a point to befriend them and make them happy. I know I’m not like that and I don’t even know where she got this trait from. Usually, I am the quiet one just sitting and observing people. So, basically, I pretty much think I have RBF but not much I can do about that unless I have a perma-smile on my face. As an introvert, I am shy and I don’t really like to open much to people. I have tried hard over the years to open up more and make more friends and learn from her example of befriending others. I have gained more meaningful friendships and I love it!
Brush Things Off
I have a hard time with this one still but I have gotten better. My daughter is the oldest of her siblings and she is able to brush things off her shoulders like nothing. Her brothers are always harassing her and nagging her. She does get annoyed and you can tell but she has a good way of not letting things get under her skin. I have learned to pick my battles and don’t spend a lot of time and energy on things that don’t matter anymore. Putting this into practice with my husband has been a good thing for me. Getting mad over dumb things is a waste of my energy. Let’s try to pick our battles wisely and let everything else roll off our shoulders. It’s easier said than done but it definitely is possible.
Life can be hard most days and it is important to not let life knock you down. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade so to speak. Sometimes, if my daughter is having a bad day or crying, it isn’t hard to make her laugh even mid-cry. I think if we all have this mentality, life wouldn’t be that hard. We will be able to get through rough times through some humor. I have learned to apply this into my own life. Let’s learn to always laugh at ourselves.
Look At The Bright Side
Ok, I have a rough time with this. When things are going to crap, I am a mess and filled with anxiety. If she’s struggling, she says things to change the situation around into a positive one. I am still working on this one myself. We all should learn to look on the bright side of things so we can get through tough times. If we all could look at the bright side of things, how much happier would we be? If you can’t afford the house you want to buy, look at the bright side. Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have your health? Are you able to feed your family? Then you’re doing fine. Be grateful for what you have and don’t envy things that others have. Believe me, I’m working on this one! Things always work out in the end so the “pity me” attitude needs to stop for sure. There are many others out there who have it worse than you do so be grateful for all your blessings.
Have you picked up some wisdom from your kids and applied it into your life? I want to hear all about them below.