LIFE TAKES UP MOST OF YOUR TIME, doesn’t it? And when we turn around, it’s the steady plodding forward, that gets us anywhere. 

You can’t change the waves, but you can adjust your sails.

When we look at successful people, we might think they just went “FloOOP!” from NOTHING to SUCCESS…

But in real life, it was probably more like this:

 I love the line in a song my husband wrote, “Things take time to happen overnight.”

When dealing with kids, we must especially hold on our vision of the good in them to keep going. Don’t look at today’s messes or you’ll “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. We musn’t give up.

Just look what happens to those who fall through the cracks because someone gave up on them, or perhaps they gave up on themselves:

I created this chart when I heard it costs more to imprison someone for 4 years than to educate them for 13 years. 

Research reveals that most who do land in prison have had less education. 

If we will educate kids WHILE THERE IS STILL HOPE – that’s when it counts.  Hold on to that vision – and don’t let go. It’s an awful lot of work, but worth every penny.

Regardless of whatever has happened in the past, WE are here, NOW!

 My mom would help me look at the bright side and say, It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

She would also say,“Where there’s Life, there’s HOPE.” 

Carl Sandburg said,

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”

Wherever I turn I seem to see new babies popping up everywhere – so there must be a LOT of hope going on!

One of the greatest joys I have is talking with new moms and admiring their little ones and sharing my GoMommyGO cards and illustrated charts with them. 

Helen Keller said, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  

I feel the same way. I can only do so much, but all my little ‘so much’s’ piled up might add up to a little more than I realize one day.

That’s why I love volunteering to help children through EDU DESIGNS. I look to the future and see kids who might be influenced to go in a better direction in life because of something I did. I’ll never know –  like my mom said – “Our effect on others is like the back of our head…We can’t really see it.”

Make sure YOU take advantage of all the good stuff we are doing here at EDU DESIGNS. And share it with others! If you can, join us – We’re having fun!


Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, Founder of Edu Designs and GoMommyGO®


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