Spend Your Passionate Riches

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

At an early point in my life, my father called me Sarah Bernhardt. Miss Bernhardt wasrepparttar premier actress of her day. She was especially well known for her overemotional histrionics. Each Sunday morning I put on an incredible show. My Mother would go to church and leave me home with Dad. I would howl and cry and throw myself onrepparttar 123922 floor in horror and as soon as she was outrepparttar 123923 driveway? I moved on to something else. In rapid speed I went from crying, lamenting and wailing to smiling, laughing and exploringrepparttar 123924 world without Mom. I imagine church was repparttar 123925 one time my mother got away without one or more kids in tow. She gave birth torepparttar 123926 first five of us (I was number 4) in seven years. I can now imagine Mom reveling in leavingrepparttar 123927 house each Sunday morning. And I can imagine myself, giving it my all to either bring her back or coax her into taking me along. When my daughter Katherine was inrepparttar 123928 crawling stage, Dad was witness to a very familiar scene. Kathie did as I had done thirty years earlier. It was then that he told me my Sarah Bernhardt tale. He laughed to see I gave birth to a natural performer as well. Sarah Bernhardt said, "Life gets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich." Even before I could speak I was practicing becoming passionately rich. Even before Katherine could speak she was practicing becoming passionately rich. Society's usual timeline is this: sometime between crawling and junior high school, we forget how to naturally spend ourselves. Instead, we adapt to spend ourselves in what we decide is a more acceptable way. In a way that we believe we will thrive. In a way that we will be accepted and nurtured and loved, even if we have to wear a mask to receive love. As we live, we haverepparttar 123929 opportunity to return to our practice of passionate richness.

Are You Achieving Your Potential?

Written by Martin Avis

Sometimes I think that we have our priorities back to front. Achievement is seen asrepparttar pinnacle to aim for.

I have come to think that this is wrong.

My 12-year old daughter, Lauren, came home from school yesterday, proudly waving her grade book. She had been awarded A-1 in most subjects - a great achievement!

Then she sadly pointed out that her perfect score was marred by a B-1 in French and a C-1 in physical education.

I asked her whatrepparttar 123921 scores meant. She said thatrepparttar 123922 letter denotes achievement andrepparttar 123923 number, effort.

That was when it struck me thatrepparttar 123924 grades were misleading. Surelyrepparttar 123925 most important score is effort? Yet it is shown last.

I gave her a big hug and told her that in my book, she had a perfect score. It didn't matter that her achievement grade in French was a 'B' -repparttar 123926 '1' showed that she had tried her hardest. That is something to make any parent proud.

Everybody is different. Everybody has a different potential. Like Lauren, we are not all destined to be fluent linguists or future track stars.

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