I get a great deal of inspiration about my own life from observing the pure soul of my grandson, Hieronymous Matson. That’s his daddy, Thad, in the picture. Grandparenthood is a wonderful prize. It allows you to review and reflect on your parenting experience, and refine what you accomplished with far less stress and much more love.
Little Hiero only knows “hungry, wet, and smile” these days. He knows nothing about “size.” He recognizes faces and his response sure does make my heart smile when I get one. Each of us was once that innocent. There is not supposed to be misery in childhood. If there was in your childhood, I am truly sorry.
But think for a moment about the state of innocence. If you had only been loved AS IS, if only you had been accepted AS IS, you would not be kvetching about your fine self today. You wouldn’t be tugging at your blouse. You wouldn’t be wondering if people will judge you for what you choose to eat. You wouldn’t wish you could look a particular way because then you’d be okay.
Hiero knows he’s okay right now. He’s a well-cared-for, happy baby. You can take yourself to the well-cared-for, happy state right now by loving and accepting yourself AS IS. It’s just one decision away.
Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
~ Matthew Arnold
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