Insights and Inspirations: What Advice from Your Childhood Still Guides You Today?
We all seem to have a memory of great advice from childhood that is still present in our lives today, that we live by. A wonderful piece of advice that may not even have made sense at the time, or maybe it did, that we could not have gone through life without. Maybe you have even given this advice to your children or kids you know in this day and age! Who offered you the advice, how old were you at the time it was given, and what was the bit of childhood advice that still guides you today? Please share your personal experience.
We asked some of our experts, our WU World Changers what piece of childhood advice they were given that still guides them today, and we received some really inspiring answers! Read what they had to say below.
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“A wise person once told me not to hold back and to always be myself. I was afraid to express myself for fear of being misunderstood and I lost in love because of it.
Through countless attempts to find true love and the perfect match, because of my beliefs, I looked in the wrong places and found myself disappointed by my own choices over and over again. I learned through trial and error. It took me years, but I never once forgot this person’s words, “Be yourself, do not hold back.”
Now, I have the confidence to be myself 100% and I do not hold back. I am happier now than I ever was.”
WU Ambassador, Energy Healer, Coach, and Writer
“My paternal grandmother immigrated to the United States from Austria-Hungary, sometime around the early 1900’s. She had a deep and abiding faith in God and lived her life following the guidelines found in the New Testament. She was very religious and I can remember attending church services with her at her Nazarene Church. She frequently quoted scripture to me, but I didn’t realize how much of her teaching affected me until I was in my twenties.
She often said, \’Don’t give flowers to the dead, give them to the living.\’ It was many years later that I finally understood the meaning of her advice, which was to express your honor, respect, and love for the special people in your life while they are with you. We don’t know how long we have on this earth, so share your feelings with those you love. I follow her advice to this day.”
Certified TCM Health Coach
My maternal grandmother, Helen, or as we called her “Babci,” was my first spiritual teacher. Through her actions and our many discussions about ghosts, God, angels, and anything that was unseen, lead me to a strong belief that those things exist and to not worry what others think about them. Babci was way ahead of herself for her time, yet I believe she was there to share these wonderful concepts that a very curious 4-year-old asked about. She also taught me my first cuss words too! My mother was not amused!
The connection I had with my Babci was priceless, the information she shared with the younger version of myself laid the foundation for my spirituality and my inner connectedness and knowingness. For this, I am forever grateful, and continue to cherish even now.
When Babci passed, I was 17 years old. I felt such a void in my life and felt I had lost a significant physical person, who actually understood me in ways others did not. It was not until 3 months after her passing that she appeared to me in an apparition. I was in my room laying on my bed listening to music by myself. I was really having a challenging time making sense how Babci could be there one minute and gone the next. I really did not understand death. Then out of nowhere, my Babci appeared in the dress I had made for her for a cousin’s wedding. She said to me that she was okay, and that she is always with me and loves me more than I could imagine. In that moment, my life had shifted. Even today, many decades later, I communicate with her through my heart.
Nurse Practitioner, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach
“When I was about seven years old, I was sitting at our family dinner table and I was miserable. I felt so alone. My parents were squabbling, and my sister and brother were playing some sort of teasing, tickling game, a kind of play I just couldn’t connect with. It’s hard to describe just how alone, and sad I felt. I knew I was a misfit. I felt that if I just sank into the ground no one would notice.
Then a voice spoke to me. It said not to worry, that everything turns out the opposite of how it seems. The voice was reassuring enough, but the sensation that came with it stays with me to this day. It was like being lifted up by a cloud, so gentle, and loving. I have come to understand this message as meaning things are never what they seem to be, and that if I look hard enough, I can find love everywhere. This wisdom that has served me well.”
MA Manifesting Mindset Coach
Thank you for joining us for this week’s Insights and Inspirations where our experts answered which piece of advice received during their childhoods, is still a guiding force in their lives today. Please join us next Monday for another installment of Insights and Inspirations, where our WU World Changers answer how they have overcome being bullied!
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