Monday, March 31, 2008

Set a Goal on Mondays (Kim)

Thought for the week
"...Raising children is the thing that changes the world the most. Everybody knows this, but Modern Feminism has convinced us that it is cliche', even patronizing. Eve didn't think so, nor did Sarah.
Raising children and mentoring the next generation is the most important thing we can do to change the world. It is the primary role of all women and all men, married or single. It is who we are. It is why we were born. We must train up the leaders of the future with confidence, power and grace. We must deliver. We must achieve results. We are the stateswomen of the 21st Century. If we fail, the world will fail. If we shrink, hesitate, or doubt, precious time will be lost. We are the leaders of today. Our choices and our actions are the most important choices and actions occurring in the world today.
Now, the most important thing I have to say: You Can Do It!" --Rachel DeMille "Steel to Gold" Motherhood and Feminism (the whole article can be found in A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion p. 59 or read online here.
I love this quote. It once again reminds me how important everything is that I do each day as a mother. We are the leaders of today whether we want to be or not. Where are we leading our children? Mr. Shawn Ercanbrack describes statesmen (and I'll add stateswomen) this way: "Statesmen are self-directed leaders; they are problem solvers whose abilities and actions inspire greatness in others, transform organizations, and change society with lasting, positive results." As Rachel says we are the stateswomen of the 21st Century and we can do it. We can inspire greatness in others, we can stand up for the values and principles that are important to us. If we don't then who will? We can make our communities a better place to live not only for our own children but also for our grandchildren. WE CAN DO IT!
With that said it's Monday and time to set a goal for the week. Any little change we make is important and each small thing adds up to big results in the end. Okay here is my goal: My goal is to keep a journal. I know it is important not only to record the events of our family, but also to see my own personal growth. I have kept a journal off and on most of my life, but it has always been very sporadic. I always enjoy going back and reading what I have written. I always think I will remember the cute little things my kids say and do, and the details of my life, but when I go back and read what I've written I realize that I have forgotten it all. I also want my kids to start keeping a journal. I must confess that this is the main reason for setting this goal. I think it is important for them to get in the habit of writing down what they are studying and to just get in the habit of writing. I got a book a couple of weeks ago on Nature Journals hoping that would inspire them to write something, it hasn't worked so far. Maybe once spring comes that will help. I have talked to them about writing something each day and have gotten them each their own journal, but as I have was thinking of ways to inspire them to keep a journal I discovered I was missing the most important aspect of inspiring. I wasn't doing it myself. (It takes me a while to catch on to anything new, and you, not them is still new) So, my goal is to write in my journal at least 3 times this week. I am not going to say anything to my children about writing in their own journals, I am just going to let them see me write in mine. Then I am going to wait and see where that leads for now. Maybe in the future we will have a class or lesson on journal keeping. But for now it's all me.
Now it's time for you to share your goal with us. Leave a comment or link to us from your blog. Remember that after you post on your blog click on the title of your blog and copy and paste that link. That way it will always take us directly to your goal post. Thanks, love to hear from you.

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