As You Grew

Last week, our daughter, Julie moved into her own apartment. We wrote the poem, As You Grew, and we dedicate it to her. No matter where you are in life, may the as you leave, be our wish for you!

As You Grew
By , and Byron Pulsifer

As you grew, no matter what happened we looked at the sunny side of life.
As you leave, take with you the wisdom to focus on the "good" in life!

As you grew, we helped you avoid unnecessary worry.
As you leave, remember that 90% of what you worry about never happens.

As you grew, we encouraged you to be open and direct.
As you leave, never lose your honesty with those whom you speak.

As you grew, we helped you find solutions.
As you leave, always remember there is a solution to every problem.

As you grew, we encouraged individual thought and action.
As you leave, continue to be independent and persevere when faced with life's challenges.

As you grew, we reinforced the value of family & friends.
As you leave, always make time for family and friends.

As you grew, we shared many happy times.
As you leave, always take time to laugh every day.

As you grew, we taught you values, right from wrong.
As you leave, always stay true to your own values, don't be influenced by others.

As you grew, we taught you to set goals and take action.
As you leave, may all your dreams turn into goals.

As you grew, we emphasized money is not happiness.
As you leave, always cherish the simple things in life!

As you grew, we encouraged you to live each day,
As you leave, take with you the thought that each day you are given is a "present"!

Always Be
Poet Unknown

Be understanding to your enemies.
Be loyal to your friends.
Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.

Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with that you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be smart enough to continue learning.

Be willing to share your joys.
Be willing to share the sorrows of others.
Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.

Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.
Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble.
Be sure of your final destination, by setting your goals along the way.

Above all, always be yourself.

Believing in You
By Catherine Pulsifer, 1997

Never stop believing in yourself.
When others doubt, don't you.
Do what you love to do,
No one knows better than you.

Life is too short to live others' dreams
Follow your own dream
Push yourself to reach your goals
And live the life you once dreamed.

Trust your instincts.
Be true to yourself.
You know what is right for you.
Never give up or give in.

Forget the words "I don't know how".
You can learn,
You can research,
You can do.

Your mind is powerful.
When you believe you can.
You will find a way
You won't waste a day.

Persist and persevere
Do not fear
Because if you believe in you
You will find dreams can come true.

May all your dreams turn into goals,
Believe in yourself.
And remember, all of life is a choice.
The decision is up to you.

Believe in Yourself,
Dare To Be
Whatever You Want To Be!

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Time spent in envying another's talents should be invested in gratitude for, and development of, our own talents." William Arthur Ward

"Never doubt your abilities." Catherine Pulsifer

"Most people who accomplished anything, whether in relationships, business, sports, knowledge, or anything else, did so because they first believed that they could do it and saw the opportunity." Rita Chester

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