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A Letter to My Kids About Life

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A Letter to My Kids About Life

Dear Kids,

I’m taking the time to write this to you today, years before there’s a chance that you’ll ever read it.

One of my reasons for doing this is simply because I want to affirm some things that I see you doing and some of the ways you are being before you forget them.

But also, I want to give you an example of how life is a never ending journey that is filled with shades of gray.

So, although you’re not quite ready to hear me talk about all of the challenges in my life, hopefully what follows will help you understand that no one has it all figured out… even your dad.

And that’s OK.

Part I: Who You Are – What You Want

When I started out in life and business, I was missing some key ingredients.

I didn’t know much about being an entrepreneur (I had just quit my job and decided to go out on my own. If I teach you right and you decide my suggestion is right for you, hopefully, you’ll never have a job, so this won’t be an issue.) and I lacked confidence in myself.

But most importantly, I lacked a clear understanding of who I was and what I wanted.

I don’t blame anyone for that but myself. It was pretty much my way of surviving, I imagine. A way to avoid conflict and to ensure that I didn’t ruffle any feathers.

If you don’t shine too brightly, there’s less of a chance of sticking out and calling attention to yourself.

So that’s where I want to begin, with the whole idea of who you are and what you want.

It’s funny that this is even an issue for me at 33, because right now, at your age, you are very, very clear about WHO you are and what you want.

I’m writing to you to tell you never to forget that.

Just a word of warning…

As you grow up, people around you might react to your clarity in a variety of ways.

To some, your ability to be clear and to say exactly what you want will make them uncomfortable. It might make some angry.

Please don’t listen to them. Their lives are the way they are, in part, because they aren’t able to clearly articulate what they want.

This lack of ability creates a lot of suffering in the world.

I will do my best to steer you around it now that I understand how it works.

Two of the keys to living a full life are to understand who you are and to be clear about what you want.

Everything else flows from that.

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Jason Leister

Jason Leister is an internet entrepreneur, direct response copywriter and father of six children. His is an avid student of self-improvement and lives and works in the mountains of Arizona. You can find more of his writings, as well as many other free interviews with heart-centered teachers and experts at http://www.calltoawaken.com.

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8:41PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

I've also written a letter to my son - link below:
http://wisdomlife.page4.me/102.html

9:07PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

3:30AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thank you.

8:01PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Lovely, thanks.

7:42PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Noted- thank you

6:43PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

thanks Jason

to help kids:

from Yogananda:

"Children should be taught to concentrate and meditate. By practicing the scientific techniques of meditation, they will, from early life, reveal intuitive faculties that will enable them to grasp knowledge with extraordinary quickness.

Education does not consist of pumping ideas and facts into the brain. It consists of developing one’s intuitive faculties and bringing the hidden soul-memory of all knowledge onto the plane of human consciousness. All new truths are simply the hidden truths of the soul; they give us joy upon rediscovery.

The development of intuition quickens human evolution. Teach children to quicken their own evolution through meditation. Have a little family altar where parents and children gather to offer deep devotion to God, and to unite their souls in meditation."

more here:
http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2008/03/yogananda-children-parenting/

5:28PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Beautiful...

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