Do your own growing: a toast to a new royal baby

1045041_10151496053291604_1412105001_nYou’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.  —Irish Proverb

We  a new royal baby. The innocent child has some “tall” grandparents, great-grandparents, great-greats, and great-great-greats . . .. Imagine living up to those expectations! But the newest member of the British royal family has to do his own growing. All the wishes, expectations and pressures of others won’t decide his life path. Not really. (Edward proved that well, I think.)

As much as we like to credit others for our successes or blame others for our failures, we do our own growing. Privileges do little to give advantage if a person does not appreciate or leverage them. Disadvantages do not lead to failure if a person faces and overcomes them.

Last night our family celebrated the birth of a new prince with a British dinner of fish and chips. We toasted him with a glass of mead.

May he appreciate and leverage his privileges. May he face and overcome his disadvantages. May he grow tall in spirit for the betterment of humanity.

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