A commitment etched in stone

stonesThe other day as I dusted the desk of one of my children, I found something that made me pause, made me think. Raised a lump in my throat. It didn’t look like much, just a small, smooth stone with some writing on it, in pencil.

But the message startled me. It said, “I will never stop trying.”

It startled me, because this is a kid who sometimes doesn’t seem to be trying that hard, who doesn’t seem to care. For whom heated questions are often met with a shrug and an “I don’t know.”

But in those words I saw a spark, the ambition to do something bigger.

On the other side, I saw my child’s carefully penciled initials. A commitment, etched in stone. It gave me hope. It gave me a glimpse of a child I don’t usually see, one with a determined attitude, in pursuit of something great.

I dusted that little stone and replaced it where I found it. It’s just a small, nondescript thing. But now it’s inspiring two of us.

 

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14 thoughts on “A commitment etched in stone

  1. I love your blog Sarah! It’s authentic & I can tell that you’re passionate about each story. I recently started a blog & would love to get advice or even your opinion on it! Thanks! 😀

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  2. Goosebumps. I love when I find little things in Alex’s room, notes he leaves to himself that show he’s a deep thinker with goals and ambition – – nothing too lofty, mind you. I loved this.

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  3. Love this, Sarah! I hope this is the case with mine, too…your message gives me hope. Thank you!

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