Your granddaughter Rita sent me the sweetest handwritten letter last week. She's a JV Coach for the Parkway South Ladies Lacrosse team. She had been reading a book, Successful Coaching by Rainer Martens and had come across a few quotes from the book that she wanted to share with me as she said she thought of me when she read them.
I think she was trying to be kind and remind me of what I need to apply for myself. Here is part of what she quoted, "Of all the judgments that we pass in life, none is as important as the one we pass on ourselves, for that judgment touches the very center of our existence."
I would say Rita knows me quite well in that I am my own worst critic and the not-so-kind judge of myself. I'm not sure where it comes from or why I do it--the only thing I do know is that I must stop it. There was something about reading that quote that hit me.
I love how my children are able to tell me such intimate things whether about themselves or how they think of me. I wonder whether I would have had that same kind of relationship with you had you been around when I became an adult. Either way, it doesn't matter. What matters is that I work on the relationships that I have going on now--and especially with myself.