This is from an email my husband sent to our daughter Thanksgiving weekend. A great example of how men can mother too!
What I want for my daughter, more than anything else, is that I want you to be happy. I have lived for more than 56 years. During that time, I have learned a few things about what makes me happy. What works for me may not work for you. Even so, I wanted to share with you a few things I have learned.
1. We all make mistakes. I try to learn from my mistakes. And I try not to make the same mistake twice. Most importantly, I don’t waste time and energy punishing myself for my mistakes. Instead, I try to figure out how to solve the problem. I look forward, not backward.
2. There are times when we all need to rely on others for help and support. I’m not ashamed to ask for help when I need it. I have learned that I don’t need to handle every problem myself.
3. I try to treat everyone I meet with kindness and respect. I don’t always succeed, but that’s my goal. If I’m kind to others, they are usually kind to me.
4. We all deal with situations that make us anxious, frustrated, or upset. I try to be aware of these reactions in myself, and I try consciously to calm myself down when I have these reactions. Sometimes, just a few deep breaths is all it takes to regain calm and composure. Other times, when I get really upset, it takes longer to calm myself down.
Of course, you already know most of what I’m saying. Still, sometimes it’s helpful to get a reminder.
I’m thinking of you and sending lots of love and good wishes your way.
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