Tuesday, September 1, 2009

stamp of approval

have you ever thought about which things you've said, done or made would warrant a stamp of approval? what if you had your own personal stamp? maybe it says "i'm proud" or "good deed" or just "stamp of approval". what would you stamp? would the list be long or short? funny or serious?

if you've read this blog for any time at all, you'll know that i'm a list-maker. when i first started thinking about my stamp of approval list, i don't quite know. it's just a little hobby of mine that i use to wile away a few otherwise wasted minutes like when i'm riding in the car to work or brushing my teeth. usually when i think of something that i could potentially put on the list it is quickly negated by a regret i have. it's like a giant pendulum scale swinging back and forth between things i'm proud of and things i regret. mind you, these are fleeting, instantaneous thoughts. breezy and flitting rather than heavy and serious. just a pasttime.

if forced to pick just one accomplishment to stamp, it would be raising my two kids. i'm equally proud and fulfilled by that accomplishment. not a week goes by that i don't think how wonderfully they have each turned out. of course, like me, they are each a work in progress accumulating their own stamp of approval list and regrets list. i so hope they each feel the scale is heavily swinging on the approval side.

i posted a little poem here a while back that said "i did my best, forget the rest". for now, i'm taking that on as my stamp of approval. maybe i'll even have a little rubber stamp made that says just that. it would look cute on matt and megan's forearms. hee hee

how about each of you? what would your stamp say?


Kim Hambric said...

My stamp would probably say: "Whew, I'm glad that's done."

I definitely need to improve my attitude.

Glad those kids are turning out well. Hope they have a better attitude than I seem to have.

lori vliegen said...

oooh, i'd have to think about this for a while. actually, i like the sound of your stamp....can i borrow it?! hee hee :)))

p.s. congrats on the release of your packaging files! :)

Kristy Worden said...

I thought I'd have to think about this for a long time... but then it popped into my head.
My stamp says 'Go for it!' and I'd stamp it on every wild idea I've ever thought up and then talked myself out of!

Shannon said...

LOVE that stamp idea! It's PERFECT! Doing our best is the best we can do and should be very proud! Did that make sense AT ALL?? I wish sometimes I could look into the future to see what it holds for my two children... I want to do things "right" for them! :)

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I will totally agree with you that raising two children would be the greatest accomplishment.

"i did my best, forget the rest" how great would that be on a stamp!! I have no idea what mine would be...I will think about that and maybe get a stamp make with it.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

First of all, I love your new picture on the side bar. You are sporting the short look too. Love it. I would probably have a stamp that said, "Always Living The Dream" My favorite saying that I use almost everyday when something goes wrong, "If this is the worst thing that happens to me today, I'm doing great!" It helps me put things in perspective.

WW said...

What a cute idea.
I'd like to pop a stamp of approval on my daughter's forehead! :)
And maybe a "fresh picked" on my hubby!

steviewren said...

Hmmmm, you've given me something to ponder in the shower today.

Christine said...

what a positive endeavour, very inspiring. I'm still working on my kids, but they are my life's purpose at the moment.

katie jane said...

I think my stamp would say: "Be Creative!" That's kind of my motto in everything I do.
As for a stamp of accomplishment, well, I guess mine would say, "I did it!"

Susan said...

my stamp would say Rock On !

found this collage artist in my travels and thought of you - some of the girls in her etsy shop are gorgeous - I love her use of maps.

kisses and sweet wishes for Presley
xo Susan & Winnie Dixon


cindy said...

i've been thinking about this and i love yours!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Can I steal from Nike? Mine would say, "Just do it." As I struggle to free myself from a perfectionist's paralyzing grasp, I need to be reminded to just do it.