God blessed me with a willful child! I say that positively because I know when she is an adult her strength and stubbornness will make her succeed in whatever she puts her mind to. That being said, it doesn't make it an easy task to raise such a child. I was a pleaser growing up... I pleased my teachers, my parents, my friends, I did whatever they told me out of FEAR of losing love, respect and friendship! It made for an unhappy existence thru no one's fault but my own. I am truly glad that Julia is courageous and strong and not fearful. She recently shared with me a poem she came across. It is not written by her but certainly speaks volumes of who she is. I always tell her she only must please God first and she agrees with me.
BE humble enough to realize you still have a lot to learn.
BE ambitious enough to know you can be anything you want to be.
BE easy enough on yourself to enjoy, to laugh, to have fun.
BE mature enough to take responsibility for what you do.
BE proud enough to take care of your body, your mind, and your spirit.
BE confident enough to see that who you are inside is more important than how you look outside.
BE wise enough to choose your friends carefully.
BE absolutely sure that, wherever you go, whatever you do, YOU ARE LOVED by God.