Life…What is Important?

Photo of our girls.

This past weekend was emotional. Sunday we heard about three guys who died in an avalanche backcountry skiing at Stevens Pass. My husband and his friends ski back there all the time. As it turns out, my husband went to school with two of the skiers who died. Another one of our good friends, Adam, was there with the skiers when the avalanche hit and he tried to resuscitate one of the men who died. Adam is an awesome man.

It’s always sad when someone dies, but knowing how young these guys were, that they left loved ones behind, and that my husband’s friend was a father of an eight and a ten year old, really hit home hard. You just never know where life will take you so love the ones your with right now.

I saw the below list last week. I think it’s important.

Children…

1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow, that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow.

From “A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents”, by Dr. Kevin Leman

For some people, their church is the outdoors, and I think that’s great too. There are many ways to set a good example.

Reading the above list makes me want to do everything I can to be a better person and mom. It’s a good reminder of what’s important and what’s not.

Please share.

*Our friend, Adam, talks more about the ski accident here, if you’d like to view the King5 video.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jodi
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 21:45:28

    I feel very sorry for the families the skiers left behind. My dad skied the backside when I was growing up. I always hated wondering if he was coming back. My heart absolutely aches for the kids left without their dads. I’ll be honest, I feel there are some risks people shouldn’t take as parents. The thrill of a powder run doesn’t seem worth it.

    As for the list, it’s going up on my wall…..such a keeper! Thanks for sharing. :)

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