Shortly after my son moved to Medicine Hat and started working in my private practice, he encouraged me to do some cuts in the office. I will never forget how surprised he was when he found an envelope in one of the boxes. On the front, he had written “Mark’s First Haircut”. His response was “It can’t be. You really didn’t save my hair for over four decades!”
Of course yes!
Within minutes we had a stack of “treasures” from his youth, including notes he’d written in a fifth-grade sex education class and various forms of artwork. My instructions to him were simple. I said “These things belong to you. I want you to take them home with you and never, never tell me what you did with them.” (You see, I suspected that maybe he didn’t value them as much as I did.)
The former are important and generally have an emotional component. Think of your first bicycle, your first day of school, your first kiss. Remember when you won your first paycheck, opened your first bank account, or made your first major purchase?
What color was your first car? What was the name of your first date? And where did they go together?
The former are a very important part of life, as they take you on new adventures. But the former also symbolize past, present and future. Having a first one means that you leave something behind like your youth, innocence or security. It means that you have a new experience in the present where you can gain skills and perspectives. It also means that you will accumulate memories for the future.
Sometimes the former are wonderful and valued forever. Other firsts can be painful or uncomfortable. All of them, however, help us grow and learn.
Well, this week is extremely special because it has a lot of news. Today is a new day in a new month in a new year in a new decade!
What are you going to do with this Will you take time to think about the past and record what you have seen and done? Are you going to take time today to relax and give thanks for how much you have experienced and the fact that today is the gateway to new beginnings? Perhaps you are thinking about the future and the goals you want to achieve.
When my children were young, I always talked to them the day before school and said, “You have a new doodle with new pages so you can write whatever you want.”
Life is the same Today imagine that you have a new doodle with new pages, and you can put whatever you want in it. ”
What are you going to write How are you going to live? How will you make a difference in the world?
You choose because these firsts belong to you!