Make a Good Middle

August means back to school. In some ways, August brings fresh resolve to explore new opportunities and improve on the previous school year. Yes, even for homeschoolers. August is a new beginning, a time to learn new things while building on old lessons. All of this culminates in preparing our children to live amazing lives. 

While some people say things like, “Live every day as though it’s your last,” or “today is the first day of the rest of your life,” I see an equal benefit in experiencing life for the first time each day. Childlike excitement, anticipation, and joy would fill every moment. What if instead of positioning ourselves as an expert, we look for something new to learn every day? 

Yes, seize every opportunity that comes your way. Yes, tell people you love them. Yes, experience all you can. We cannot control when the last moments will be. We can choose to fill each day with firsts.

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.

Eleanor Roosevelt
My dad and daughter in the front car at Joyland, Lubbock

Be fearless, yet gracious.

Be selfless, yet strong.

Treat everyone you meet like they are the most important person in the universe. Include the person sitting alone. Listen when people tell their story. One small act of kindness could change the world – even if it’s just the world of one person at a time. You don’t know what waves could be created by the ripples you start. 

Live in such a way that your ordinary moments make an extraordinary life. Make a good middle so that whether an experience is the first or last time, you’ve enjoyed the journey.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Helen Keller