“If my life had been easy I would have been short-changed. Now I thank God for the challenges. They forced me to leave the path I was on – one that led deeper into disappointment – and to find the path of spirit.
“My world is not perfect. I suspect the world is not meant to be perfect. But today my life is truly like a pearl, more beautiful than I could have imagined.” –Sharon E. Rainey]
This Life Is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman.
- "This Life Is in Your Hands is the search to understand a complicated past; a true story, both tragic and redemptive, it tells of the quest to make a good life, the role of fate, and the power of forgiveness."
I am really impressed by the courage of Melissa Coleman and Sharon Rainey. These women have endured various traumas, and not only survived, but have grown into beautiful, strong women. They are opening up their sorrows and hardships so that you will be blessed.
I have been thinking a lot this year about the challenges of parenting. How we as parents want to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of our beliefs, goals, ideals & purpose. We endeavor to encourage the shaping of their core, hopefully without destroying them.
My parents valued education, culture, material success – and pushed me hard in those directions. My bad: I ended up not achieving their goals for me, but living & pursuing my own.
How much of what we are is a result of striving against our parents' goals? How much of what our children will become is a result of them doing the same? How can we nurture w/o smothering? How can we encourage without stunting?
So I am going to leave this post in its open ended work in progress form, work on my cud, and finish later.
Next book on my plate is my Dad's Pieces of History: The Life and Career of John J. Harter.
John Harter's thirty-year diplomatic career included foreign assignments on four continents, a master's degree in economics from Harvard, a seven-year writer/interviewer stint at USIA, and representing the United States at many international meetings. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he served as oral historian at the National Gallery of Art, organized sixteen conferences on international economic issues for the American Foreign Service Association, and worked twelve years as a declassifier for USAID. He has three adult children, six grandchildren, and, as of 2011, one great-grandchild. He is currently writing his memoirs.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.