Short life advice for my kids

Bijal A Shah
Jul 22, 2018 · 5 min read

A Poem by Bijal Shah

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Short Life Advice for My Kids, A Poem by Bijal Shah

Dear kids

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Life will throw plenty of challenges at you;

If you’re anxious about something,

Then you don’t need to be.

It’s the things that haven’t crossed your worried mind,

That you need to worry about.

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Always look at problems,

With a fresh pair of eyes.

Always fight for your rights, values and principles

Reject unacceptable conditions.

However, remember to pick your battles.

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Spend time understanding the best decisions for you.

And have the courage to make them.

Simplify the decision-making,

Don’t get distracted by irrelevant information.

And remember to always be true to yourself.

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Embrace reality and accept it.

Work with it to make the best of it.

Don’t focus on how it should be.

You might miss out on learning what is truly going on.

Don’t let fear of what others think of you stand in your way.

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Be open-minded, assertive and transparent.

Expect the same from others.

Don’t worry about how others perceive you.

Instead worry about achieving your goals.

For this is the only thing in your control.

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Never rule out your dreams and ambitions.

There is always a possible path to achieve them.

Have the conviction and courage to find it.

Reach out to people who can help you.

And new paths will abound.

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Create something that the world values.

You will most certainly be rewarded for it.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

Learning from mistakes is a pathway to success.

Difficulties are what help us grow.

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People will be your greatest asset.

Remember to leverage off them,

Where you are weak and they are strong

Ask them for their help and opinion.

And weaknesses won’t matter once a solution is there.

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Great people are hard to come by.

When you find them, work hard to sustain the relationship.

It is all about character, character, character.

And everyone is built differently.

Learn to personality assess early on.

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Treasure honorable people

Who will treat you well

Even when you are not looking.

If you can’t reconcile major differences with someone else

Then consider the relationship’s worth.

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Remember to rest and relax.

You will be your most creative then.

Make your passion and your work one and the same

And do it with people you want to be with.

Satisfying work and great relationships make the world go round.

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Lastly, things always take longer than you think.

They always cost more than you budget for.

Just be aware.

Checklists are great for ticking things off

But remember to prioritise.

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Love mum x


A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I create reading lists/personalised book prescriptions based on your individual needs, this is my signature personalised reading service. You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also one for children, Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation. And if you’d like to connect, email me at bijal@booktherapy.io or www.booktherapy.io.

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Bijal A Shah

Written by

Book therapist, author, poet & founder of Book Therapy - therapy using the power of literature: https://www.booktherapy.io/pages/a-z-of-book-prescriptions

Bijal A Shah

Written by

Book therapist, author, poet & founder of Book Therapy - therapy using the power of literature: https://www.booktherapy.io/pages/a-z-of-book-prescriptions

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