Miss Flower Jackson
This is a letter to my daughter, for her 16th Birthday.
It’s hard to believe that you just turned 16, just 2 years ago I wrote you a beautiful love letter. Where exactly have the years gone?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Dream big, chase your dreams, and don’t stop until you reach them. Don’t. Stop. That means, if God closes a door on you, find a window to crawl through. If you can’t try out for a musical right now because your life is too busy, find a window. Don’t dwell, have GRACE, and find that window to crawl through. I can’t emphasize this enough. Grace goes hand in hand with having doors shut on you. Don’t mope, don’t pout, don’t throw a fit, don’t dwell on the fact that you don’t get to do something. That door has been closed for a reason. It just wasn’t your time. Life is going to throw a million opportunities at you, many at the same time, many when you can’t accept them, and many will come when you least expect them.
You will figure out how to pick out what is the right opportunity for you at that moment. All the other options are not LOST, they just aren’t the door you should be walking through that day. Have GRACE, walk away, and be secure in knowing that you will survive. You are chasing your dreams, and no one ever said that was easy. Dreams are far away, and they take work, blood, sweat, and TEARS. You’ll get there. I have faith in you.
I have faith because I’m your mother, and I have faith because I can see the passion in your eyes. You’re still so very young, and you have so many opportunities, and so much life ahead of you. Everything will come to you in its own time, and you need to realize that timing is everything. Don’t give up. Keep working and be proud of everything you’re accomplishing.