Yesterday I had one of the most interesting visitors I ever experienced. It was from my 10-year-old self and it was eye opening to remember how great that person was and even better to know that all of the great things about him
are still there inside of me now 40 years later.
Today we live in a time where every moment is captured in pictures and posted on social media. It is difficult to fathom that events happened in our past which were never caught on camera and only exist today in our memories and thoughts. Over the years those thoughts get lost, buried underneath the avalanche of experiences we have year after year. Positive and negative they work to change us. I was a kid with hope and a kid who loved life and knew what a good person I had the potential to be. And I lived it every day. I enjoyed people and the new experiences that every day brought with it.
Over the years those things that made us get lost, buried underneath the avalanche of experiences we have year after year. Positive and negative they work to change us. I was a kid with hope and a kid who loved life and knew what a good person I had the potential to be. And I lived it every day. I enjoyed people and the new experiences that every day brought with it. At this camp, we did the usual stuff, archery, swimming, arts, and crafts, and in this case bible and Jesus stuff.
Here are a few of the lessons that he had me remember today.
Seek Your Joy
Enjoy each day………….. Or we should experience joy in each day, it is there for you. No matter what is happening there are things to be joyful about and allow yourself to embrace life. Joy is in us all and there is an opportunity in every day to feel it through the things we do.
Occasionally, we look at the things we like to do and worry about what others think. That will rob from your joy. If you are functioning from the view of your true self, and nobody else is being harmed then don’t waste energy worrying about others judgments. It is none of your business and really of no consequence, what is the joy that you get from what you are doing. That is all that counts.
Each of us is unique and that is what makes us great and identifies us as the one of a kind human beings that we are. Don’t apologize for it and don’t ask anyone else to be different than they are. All of us have a light in us and when it shines, so do we. Life has a tendency to cover the light with the shade of experience or the fear of not being accepted.
Let your light shine and those who appreciate it are welcome to visit and those who are negative toward it or you are unimportant and clearly, need to work on themselves. Let them do that someplace else.
Understand and Support Others
All people have their struggles and challenges. The experiences each of us have leave wounds and scars and fear of the pain they cause lead to behavior that is reactionary, mean and sometimes hurtful. Don’t judge others too harshly because under that behavior is a light that is uniquely theirs and is probably seeking someone to recognize it, accept it and love it for the beauty that it provides. Allow them the chance to shine when you can. Some people are jealous of others talents and abilities. Don’t be one of these people. There is more than enough darkness in the world and it needs light. The more people who are living up to their true selves the brighter and more exciting the world will be.
Just because you are kind doesn’t mean that you are weak. Never let other people dim your light because of jealousy, envy or because they don’t appreciate you. Not everyone is going to like you and that is their problem, not yours.
There is no doubt that as a 10-year old, I had a vivid imagination and really had a lot of confidence in what I could do in life. On the back of that picture, all of the kids in the cabin signed their names. I signed mine as “Super Hilton”. Since I just started to master writing in cursive, it was written in perfect 5th-grade cursive writing. There was a confidence in that name I lost in life. 10 year old me has been living with me for the past 40 years and he has made many appearances, but only for a brief moment and not for nearly long enough.
It is my goal to bring more of Super Hilton into my life each and every day. Being more confident in who I am and what makes me happy. How to treat others and what behavior I accept are all the things this visit from the past reminded me. I believe each of us has the ability to be great, and I feel sorry for all of those who have forgotten or don’t believe this about themselves.
In the words of Super Hilton, “I am the man”.