Measure Yourself

A photographer friend of mine posted a fabulous quote this morning.  I absolutely love it!  It was one of those quotes that not only gets you thinking, but it is pretty much an epiphany.

So often we get caught up in judging.  We judge ourselves. We judge our kids.  We judge our spouse.  We judge others.  Whether spiteful or not, judging can lead us down a path that is filled with meh.   You know, that feeling of general discontent with life.  Check out this quote.

“If your parents ever measured you as a child, they had you
stand against a wall, and made a little pencil mark on the
wall to show your growth. They did not measure you against
your brother, or the neighbor’s kids, or kids on TV. When you
measure your growth, make sure to only measure your today self
by your past self. If you compare your relationships, your
success, or your anything against anyone else, you are not
being fair to you. Everyone has a different path, a different
pace, and different challenges to face along the way.” 

— Doe Zantamata

I love this mainly for myself as the quote was intended, but also as a mother.  Each of my kids is an individual with so many different talents and struggles.  When I expect them to be able to perform or think the same, my abilities as a good parent go down.  Kids need consistency and Individual action plans to help them be the best they can be in life.  

The images are from our church 4th of July breakfast on the muggiest morning this summer.  🙂  I dutifully brought my camera and pretty much didn’t use it as I chatted with lady friends.  It was only after our second Sunday in this congregation again after 5 years of living in a different one {our church congregations are assigned geographically which is Awesome!} so there were tons of ladies to catch up with and meet.  Needless to say, my social heart was in happy land.

The water game above was great on such a warm muggy morning.  Hey, you’re wet already.   It was a relay race with two teams competing to get a cup of water, hold it on their head to the bucket and see which team could fill the bucket the fastest.  Landon busted in front of the line trying to get in on the big kids game so our wonderful leaders let him take a cup across.  Maddie worried greatly about the water she had sloshing on her head so rarely had the cup over her head and had to be directed back to her bucket since she was no longer thinking of the bucket.  Blake is my rule follower who tries to do everything perfectly keeping that cup over his head most of the time and dumping much of his water with his speedy walk to the bucket.  They were all individual and all adorable.

Hoola hoops will be a skill they all can master later.  🙂