My favorite part of my grad program is the constant emphasis on self-growth. The program forces you to truly know yourself. It is absolutely amazing what you can see when step back and observe your own patterns of behavior.
Recently, I have been extremely mindful of the model I am setting for my sweet girl. I truly believe that children do what their parents do much more so than what their parents say. This has led me to reflect upon the character traits I hope to instill in her. Numerous have come to mind and this will hopefully be an ongoing exercise for me as she grows and matures. This morning, I came across this quote: "I will hold myself to a standard of grace - not perfection." This statement eloquently sums up my hopes for her in regards to self pressure. I hope that she strives towards showing compassion, kindness, mercy, intelligence - all of these together combine to picture of grace in my mind. I would much rather her look to develop these parts of herself than holding herself to society-based standards.