by Seattle Jon:
Every weekday morning I text my thirteen year-old daughter an inspirational thought. As a pick-me-up before she heads off to junior high. Sometimes she responds immediately with a thank you!, other times I don't hear back until after school. Occasionally I don't hear back at all, my text lost in the sea of texts on teenager's phones these days.
Sending the inspirational thoughts is sort of an odd thing, really. I don't remember why I started, maybe she'd had a particularly difficult day the day before. I don't know if the texts help. They haven't prompted any meaningful discussions about life or faith. I guess they're sort of an I know adolescence can be difficult sometimes, so I want you to know I’m thinking about you and here are some words to hold to when life seems hard kind of thing.
Maybe someday, when she's older and has a career, a relationship and maybe a few of my grandkids, we'll have a conversation and she'll tell me they made a difference in some small way. Now there's an inspirational thought.
Seattle Jon is a family man, little league coach, urban farmer and businessman living in Seattle. He currently gets up early with the markets to trade bonds for a living. In his spare time he enjoys movies, thrifting and is an avid reader. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Japan Fukuoka mission field. He has one wife, four kids and five chickens.
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