I can't go back in time with parenting.
But if I could I would follow President Monson's advice in conference yesterday.
He talked about a man named Jack McConnell, MD. This man grew up as one of 7 children of a Methodist minister and a stay at home Mom. Their circumstances were very humble. He recounted his childhood where everyday, as the family sat around the dinner table his father would ask each one in turn, "What did you do for someone else today?"
The children were determined to do a good turn everyday so they could report back to their father they had helped someone. Dr. McConnell called this exercise "his father's most valuable legacy." For that expectation and those words inspired him and his siblings to help others throughout their lives. As they grew and matured their motivation for providing service changed to an inner desire to help others.
If I could go back in time I would put a plaque right above our dinner table that would read: "What did you do for someone else today?"
And every night I would ask my sons this question.
President Monson also recited a poem he had memorized from years ago:
"I have wept in the night
For the shortness of sight
That to somebody's need made me blind.
But I never have yet
Felt a twinge of regret
For being a little too kind."
And this I loved too, President Monson said, "Unless we lose ourselves in the service of others, there is little purpose to our own lives."
Monday, October 5, 2009
Posted by Grandma Honey at 11:02 PM