After a long, overwhelming day I sit down on the edge of my bed and cry.
Everything I had hoped to give my children seems tenuous in this moment. All the dreams I had for them are stretched thin on this little thread of worry that I am doing it all wrong.
I take a breath and talk sternly to myself.
“This is just a bad day. Bad days will not ruin your children. In the scheme of things, this bad day was still pretty good.”
And in that moment all my dreams of giving my children everything, come crashing down around me and fall in a heap at my feet.
It seems such a ridiculous thought now…. wanting my kids to have everything.
No one has everything, and in my experience, those that try to get everything are rarely happy.
This ‘everything’ is such a privileged idea.
I’m betting mothers in Syria, or Uganda, or Cambodia don’t worry about this stuff.
Their dreams for their children are not about the unattainable ‘everything’ but about keeping them safe.
So many parents in so many places who’s dreams are so much more simple – clean water, enough food, education, health, safety.
And I sit here in my comfortable house wondering about the dreams I have for my own children, after this bad, but not so terrible, day.
Perhaps it is not ‘everything’ that I wish for my children… but enough.
To have enough.
To be happy enough.
This is my dream for my children, and for all children.
Dreams are the foundation of all hope. Dreams make us believe in the possibilities of tomorrow. – World Vision
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Thanks to World Vision Australia for the image of the family in war torn Syria. You can donate to World Vision’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal here.
And if you have a chance to see the film Girl Rising you should, I have heard it is amazing. The powerful image and quote above is thanks to Girl Rising – pop over and support their facebook page too.
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