Please Instill This…


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

If you would have met me and followed me around you would have saw a guy with a low opinion of himself. I didn’t excel in sports, science, history, really not much at all.  Do not misunderstand me I always had good marks. Never much in any trouble, except in grade ten they gave me a lunch period that started at ten o’clock in the morning.  My solution was simple I would skip the class where lunch should have been.

For the life of me I can only recall once where one of my parents showed up in anything that concerned school.  My mother attended my grade eight graduation, that’s it. My father was absent in any event I was in. Come to think of it he was absent in anything that I was interested in.  His idea was that I should go to a trade school to become an oil jockey in some dead end job. He wasn’t not pleased when I chose an all academic school where I took all business related courses.

 Self-esteem was hard to come by around my family, both in my immediate family and my extended family.  I felt great around my maternal grandfather when we would practice a song to sing at church.  My mother was there for me, but her attention was also to my four siblings.

So often I hear parents belittling, shaming their children that I get so infuriated by.  Those remarks will only cause deep wounds, scars that will last their entire life.  Get behind your children be their best cheerleader they have. It will bring a harvest of great accomplishments.

Dear reader it is also my feeling about my blog, the comments I make on other’s posts, it is better to be a builder. So let’s instill this, self-esteem!

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