September 30, 2010

What It’s All About…

This is my daughter Abigail, with her 2-year-old son Gabriel and 6-week-old daughter Lucy. My grandchildren. Was ever a word so apt? Grandchildren. These two little tykes have taught me the most profound lesson in my life-to-date: they are the reason I’m here on this earth.

Cliche? Yes. Over-the-top sentiment? Absolutely. Never did I imagine these hackneyed terms would apply to me! I always thought it would be fun to watch my children if they became parents, however, this generational connection stirring in my soul has caught me by surprise:

  • I find myself whispering words of wisdom into their ears.
  • My inner child (it’s OK to groan here) behaves with utter abandon, yet…
  • My hard-fought-for skills of diplomacy and restraint seem effortless.
  • I have never felt better about forging my own trail on my own terms.
  • I am compelled to continue growing, to be my best self for them.

My twice-daily-ritual, morning and night, is to recall everything I am grateful for. Gabriel and Lucy have given me the gift of a generational lens, through which the love in my life has multiplied a thousandfold. I am so thankful.

And that’s what it’s all about. For me.


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12 Responses to “What It’s All About…”

  1. Kate says:

    I love the twice-daily ritual, Ann. I think I am stealing it. Starting tonight. Starting with gratitude for finding you and the 360 degree mentorship of 2am.

  2. Ann Sachs says:

    Thanks, Kate. Many years ago I saw a refrigerator magnet (no joke) that said “When I count my blessings I count you twice”, and it stayed with me. Gradually it morphed into my ritual, and I’m thrilled to have you steal it.

    You know the old saying “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal.” You’re right on track.

  3. Wendy says:

    I feel so fortunate to know such a woman of wisdom. I am very grateful for you–and will count you twice!

  4. even more gorgeous!!!!! Never thought of the word grandchildren or for that matter, grandparents! in that way!

  5. Ann Sachs says:

    Wendy, thanks and ditto! Ain’t it grand (my new favorite word) to claim your wisdom? One of the many perks of growing older. Miss you.

  6. Ann Sachs says:

    Oooo – so fun to gain a new perspective on a word. Did you see Leonard (Clyde Fitch’s) comment on in-genius as opposed to in-sanity? “The same, but smarter.”

  7. Nancy Forsythe says:

    How do you turn cliche into such Intelligence? I love this SHARE! Here’s another new perspective: when you avoid, you create a-void…inside. So, connect: count your blessings, claim your wisdom, gain a new perspective! Keep writing!

    xo

  8. Ann Sachs says:

    Thanks Nance – you are so good at these handy word tricks. Love ’em.

  9. Dear ‘Scholarch’
    Simply transformative discoveries…wow! and beautiful family. I am inspired. This sounds like content for a course at The Academi of Life.
    xo

  10. Ann Sachs says:

    Shirley, this post is a bit elusive as to how it relates to Theatrical Intelligence, and I’m pleased that you see the “transformative” part.

    Your spelling of scholar as “scholarch” is intriguing, and similar to “Academi”. You’re going back to the age of the great thinkers, when conversation was in fashion.

    Thank you!

  11. Ann, you continue to prove yourself to be a beautiful and inspirational writer. I’m nearly in tears! Thank you so much! What a handsome remake of your blog, btw. Love it!

  12. Ann Sachs says:

    Thank you, Kathy – on all counts. Especially coming from you, who have been so inspirational in the WPO. Hope you are well!

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