Sentimental Me: Beautiful Souls

In this post I’m using the word parent liberally…to me this is a person who has nurtured, it doesn’t have to be a birth Mother or Father, just someone who has shown love and kindness in the raising of children. After all, everyone’s circumstances are different. x

Beautiful Souls

Have you ever had the moment when you meet someone and they instantly grab your heart?

You know, the kind of person that you feel has done it tough, but still, only see’s life through rose-tinted glasses?

Someone that leaves a huge impression on your heart – but you’re not sure why?

Well, I had the pleasure of meeting that someone a few months ago.

I instantly knew he had a truly beautiful soul.

The moment was a pure coincidence when that someone, came to drop off a résumé at the shop.

Now as I’m sure you can imagine, we get lots of people dropping in on a daily basis, handing out resumes. But this young man, say 20 ish (how old do I sound?) stood out from the crowd for me.

It is rare.

But I remembered him.

We didn’t have any positions available at the time, but I asked if he would like us to keep his résumé on file.

Fast-forward two months and we need to hire again.

Not one, but two people came to mind.

One was the guy above, the other a girl.

Both for very similar reasons.

The way they  both conducted themselves shone out of them both like moon-beams.

I’m guessing they are similar ages.  Both stood-out in a sea-of-resumes.

We all remember people for different reasons.

But I’m a very old-fashioned type.

I’ve always been one to trust my gut.

I also have a 30 second rule. Yep, you can make an impression on me that quick.

A hand shake from a young person ALWAYS blows me away.

A happy, bright smile and eye-contact goes a long way too.

I could instantly tell that both of these great kids had come from wonderful parents. Parents that have supported and nurtured these children into fine young adults.

Adults that now, know how to present themselves, be polite and respectful and most importantly leave a lasting impression.

On paper they are both so different, but the things that make them similar, are all the things that I value in a person. They are also the values I have instilled in Beckie.

Yep, I could see the goodness in their souls.

I could see they were loved and cherished.

I could instantly feel how proud their parents are of them.

These things MELT MY HEART.

Meeting these two fine human beings has really meant the world to me.

It has underlined to me, all that is important in parenting.

L O V E

Sentimental Me: Beautiful Souls

Our children need us to teach them right from wrong.

They need to be taught empathy, understanding and compassion.

We need to give them the confidence to be truthful, gentle and kind.

It is our job to make sure they have all the tools required to be outstanding.

When I say outstanding, I don’t mean in a monetary sense.

Success does not hold a price tag in my eyes.

Instead, success is when a stranger meets your child for the first time and your child blows them away, just by being themselves.

When I am with Beckie, I listen to the way she engages with people, I love watching her interact.

I get that gushy warm feeling, deep-down in my soul.

I guess that feeling is pride.

Tell me, who has blown you away recently. Are you a sentimental fool like me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bev,

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  • Sharon

    Beautifully written Bev and so very, very true. I make my mind up about people within the first 30 seconds too and I have gotten into enormous trouble when I’ve tried to ignore those initial instincts. All the values you mention are what makes a person. This world is so very troubled and it hurts my heart, so for all your beautiful readers out there who I’m more than sure are very like you, its up to us all to build and encourage these qualities in our kids, loved ones and sometimes in others who come across our path as we may be the only ones who have ever given them an encouraging word. Everyone has their battles, be kind, be understanding and most of all be yourself. Sending you hugs darling Bev for being a beautiful soul and instilling that same heart into lovely Beckie and for recognising and nurturing those same qualities in others. Long may you reign gorgeous xxx

    • Oh Sharon – we are true kindred spirits.
      Like you, I’ve made the mistake of not trusting my gut a couple of times in the past, inevitably it always bites me on the butt. Deep down I know I must trust my intuition. If I don’t I somehow feel unsettled.
      But what melts my heart the most is exceptional manners from a young adult. When you meet someone with these qualities you instantly know they have been loved, adored and nurtured.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful words darling, such kindness has made my cup spilleth over and just underlined how very similar we are. Big fat hugs coming right back at you Gorgeousness xxx

  • LOVE that Pooh Bear quote 🙂
    And I love this post Bev. I totally agree with you.
    My kids (although only 3 and 7) blow me away almost daily. Watching them learn and grow and do good in this world, fills my cup more than they’ll ever know.
    Cx

    • Claire, I look back now and see just how tough I was when Beckie was younger. But when I was tough, I explained myself to her, every step of the way. I always made sure she understood that sometimes things wouldn’t go her way, but if they didn’t she would always know she was loved. The toughness has truly paid off for me. I now am blessed with an incredible young woman that loves her family fiercely, is compassionate, kind and smart. Like you, I pinch myself on a daily basis at just how lucky I am xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I agree with you Bev ,you just know when someone has been brought up well with good values instilled into them.I believe time is one thing you can’t give enough of to your children,to listen and Spend quality time with them.
    I was blown away by both my children and their partners last week on the anniversary of Mums passing the kindness and empathy they showed me made me cry and a beautiful card I receiverd from my sons fiancé was just heart warming I know they have both made the right choice in life partners and I’m so very proud of both of them Xx

    • Oh Lisa you must be so so proud of your wonderful children. A big well done to you and your husband for nurturing them to be fine adults with beautiful souls, that are not afraid to show love, kindness and compassion when it is needed the most. Being a parent is the most rewarding job on the planet. I know that my relationship with Beckie just keeps growing deeper day by day, which in turn, makes me happier, day by day. Sending lots of love and a huge hug your way xx

  • Karen – IG Styleloving2

    I’ve had a similar experience when interviewing for the position of receptionist and knew within 5 minutes that this was the one. Now after 4 months of working with this young girl my instincts were spot on. I think the giveaway was how she spoke about her mum and nanna in the interview you could feel the love and relationship. A lovely confirmation that the love you put into your child can be seen by others

    • It really feels my heart with joy Karen when I see the product of amazing parenting skills. You’re so right, the love and devotion that is instilled in children shows itself ten-fold by the time they are adults.
      So happy you have found a wonderful girl to work with xx